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Wheel Bearing & Hub Assembly

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I was just curious if anyone has replaced their hubs/ bearings in any of the 2014 or newer Mazdas. I am looking at getting some Moog wheel bearing and hub assemblies for the front and rear due to my Mazda having the original ones and being over 100,000 miles (108,576) to be exact. Does anyone know how hard they are to replace or recommend any other brands?

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Hey everyone,

I was just curious if anyone has replaced their hubs/ bearings in any of the 2014 or newer Mazdas. I am looking at getting some Moog wheel bearing and hub assemblies for the front and rear due to my Mazda having the original ones and being over 100,000 miles (108,576) to be exact. Does anyone know how hard they are to replace or recommend any other brands?

Thanks, and please let me know if I need to move this post somewhere else. I already looked in the DIY section.
I would not replace wheel bearings at any mileage just for the sake of doing it. Aftermarket wheel bearings, no matter who makes them, are no where near the quality of the originals. The rear bearings on my 2004 have almost 200K miles on them, quiet as a mouse and no issues. I replaced the fronts only when failing. Forget any particular brand name too, they are all made in China in the same factory and reboxed by resellers. Moog has long lost it's reputation once they started selling Chinese parts.



If you just want to spend the money, go for it. As a mechanic I never suggest changing any parts that are not considered consumable (bearings are not consumable items).
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I'm fond of preventative maintenance, however, wheel bearings will tell you they are done a LONG time before they are a safety hazard. If you dont have any growling noises or axial wheel play, I suspect that is a lot of work and money for little return. The fronts require removal of the whole knuckle assembly so you can use a press to remove the hub and bearing. I'd probably leave it alone if no signals were provided there was an issue.

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....he fronts require removal of the whole knuckle assembly so you can use a press to remove the hub and bearing. ....

3rd gen is a 1-piece pre-assembled bolt on, 1st gen is the only gen with our style where you have to push bearing in. You don't have to pull the spindle off to do a 1st gen either, plenty of tools to do it on car.

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3rd gen is a 1-piece pre-assembled bolt on, 1st gen is the only gen with our style where you have to push bearing in. You don't have to pull the spindle off to do a 1st gen either, plenty of tools to do it on car.
Didn't know that. I've always pulled them off the car and sent them to the shop to press them.

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