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Is there anything that would cause the wheel bearings to fail on my Kia Rio. I have had the car since February and changed the wheel bearings twice already and the previous owner also had to change them at least once that I know of. The car has only got 39 K on the clock I am going to change the wheel bearing again on the drivers side rear on Sunday but would really like to know if there is something else causing this to happen.

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Improper installation? Poor quality/defective replacement parts? The bearings on the rear of that Rio are pretty old technology and any competent mechanic should be able to replace them easily. Has the vehicle been in an accident? Do the tires wear abnormallyon the rear?
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No abnormal tyre wear the, the car had been in a small accident when the previous owner had it but it was an impact to front. Will try again and see what happens with the new bearing kit. The noise I get at the moment is loud humming noise coming from the rear of the car.
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Over torque of the spindle locknut and improper grease packing are the main failures I would think. I did numerouse brake jobs on mine and allways used new seals cleaned out the bearings and repacked them dont forget to fill in the inside of the hub with more grease where needed. A new spindle lock nut is a must 75 cents at the dealer i had no luck finding them at the local parts stores. Remember new bearings and and races must be used press the races in properly. There is a special tool drag seal meter to use I dont have one so i would torque the nut to 20 FT LBS while turning the hub back and forth untill it was seated then back off the nut till loose and re torque the nut to 3-5 foot LBS stake it and have never had an issue hopefully this help you out. Reguards Ronjohn

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Amen Ronjohn. Good advice. Use good grease designed for wheel bearings, not just any old grease. Torque it properly (not too tight) remembering everything swells as it heats up and gets tighter. Throwing a new bearing on an old race will absolutely shorten the lifespan. The loud humming noise is standard issue...or at least it was for my 04. Might be tires/road surface/etc, but mine made noise and I got to where I just turned up the music, (after verifying nothing was bad back there).
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Thanks for all the help guys.

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On my 03 Rio with 140,000 miles. Both back bearings and the driver front have had to be replaced. I replaced the passenger side myself 40,000 miles ago. No problems. The driver side back I was lazy and paid someone $40 to replace it. They didnt replace the races, just the bearings. It went bad again in about 5000 miles. So I did it myself with new races.On the side that I did myself has lasted 40,000 miles, I never torqed it. I just tightend it till it had no play and spun free. Kevster is right. Old races and new bearings dont mix.
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