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It seems that the last time servicing RWD Sportage front bearings came up on this forum was in 2007, and the real question was never addressed.
My wife's '01 RWD Sportage ate the front wheel bearings at about 80,000 miles. At that time, I discovered that the bearings were aftermarket replacements, so it had obviously eaten both front sets of bearings before she purchased it with about 38,000 miles on it. Now with 103,000 miles on it, I have been unable to keep them from working loose constantly. Maybe I could get it right if I had the proper torque spec for the spindle nut, and could also replace the mangled nuts, but the Kia Tech Info site doesn't bother to address front wheel bearings for rear wheel drive Sportages.
Does anyone here know anything about the non-4X4 versions of these things? Even the dealer service department can't seem to answer the question of a bearing pre-load torque specification for this thing, much less sell me the nuts or the proper bearings for a 2WD version.
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