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Old 03-12-2019, 02:00 AM   #1
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2018 F53 Wheel Bearings

Does anyone know if the Ford F53 has sealed or unsealed bearings. Per the manual, you are suppose to "Replace front wheel bearing grease and grease seals if non-sealed bearings are used" every 30k miles. I don't know if our bearings are sealed or not. If you look at the Ford specs it only says "Tapered Roller".
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:20 AM   #2
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They are not sealed bearings.
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Old 03-12-2019, 11:32 AM   #3
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I bet with 30K service on the front wheel bearing, their are probably a lot of MHs overdue for service. We have pulled a TT for more mileage than that, and when I serviced them, they still had grease and was not discolored, or gritty. I may have done more damage by cleaning and greasing them, than if I had just left them.
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Old 03-12-2019, 12:10 PM   #4
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We had a brand new Thor ACE 29.2 and the first week I took it back to the dealer for other due bill stuff and told them it sounded like the front right wheel bearing was squeaking and asked them to check it. When I picked it up and asked if they checked it they said they did and it was fine.
It stopped making noise, but a few months later I jacked the front wheels off of the ground just to do a safety check before our next long trip and was shocked when I had literally +/- 3" of side wobible in the wheel! The outer bearing was gone (ground up) and the only thing keeping the wheel on was the brake caliper! The F53 chassis rides so rough and the engine is so noisy I did not hear or feel anything amiss. Took 3 months to get it fixed because no one had factory parts (hub, spindle, king pin, etc.) in stock (it was less than a year old and still under warranty so had to be repaired with factory parts, down to the nuts and bolts...).
Moral of the story, always personnally check (or watch the tech do it) your bearings, even if its a brand new coach.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:26 PM   #5
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We had a brand new Thor ACE 29.2 and the first week I took it back to the dealer for other due bill stuff and told them it sounded like the front right wheel bearing was squeaking and asked them to check it. When I picked it up and asked if they checked it they said they did and it was fine.
It stopped making noise, but a few months later I jacked the front wheels off of the ground just to do a safety check before our next long trip and was shocked when I had literally +/- 3" of side wobible in the wheel! The outer bearing was gone (ground up) and the only thing keeping the wheel on was the brake caliper! The F53 chassis rides so rough and the engine is so noisy I did not hear or feel anything amiss. Took 3 months to get it fixed because no one had factory parts (hub, spindle, king pin, etc.) in stock (it was less than a year old and still under warranty so had to be repaired with factory parts, down to the nuts and bolts...).
Moral of the story, always personnally check (or watch the tech do it) your bearings, even if its a brand new coach.
Your year F53 had a rash of failed front wheel bearings. Some kind of factory error.
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:33 PM   #6
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The 30,000 mile service is only for slow, local, delivery or livery truck use.

For normal service use, 60,000 miles is recommended.
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I don't know if our bearings are sealed or not. If you look at the Ford specs it only says "Tapered Roller".
Tapered yes, sealed no. I looked into this question also quite awhile ago. We are FTer's, 2nd owners, coach has 24K on it, 6 years old and I'll probably repacking those puppies probably around the end of 2021 or so, if not for miles...for length of time. Well see.....

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Sorry about not having my coach info. We have a 2019 Tiffin Open Road 36LA. The chassis is a 2018 Ford F53. When we picked up the coach we had a leaky power steering hose on our maiden voyage home. I had Ford fix that here in town. We are just trying to plan our future maintenance schedule. I have now seen that Ford recommends the bearings to be greased at 60,000 miles with normal use. That is probably what we will do. We do plan to follow our scheduled maintenance religiously. We also know there are some things that are left until there is an issue. Some of my worst issues on my cars only came after a mechanic took pieces apart.
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The 30,000 mile service is only for slow, local, delivery or livery truck use.

For normal service use, 60,000 miles is recommended.
I called the Ford truck/RV hotline yesterday and the mechanic told me 30,000 miles for the front wheel bearings because being a motorhome it is near weight capacity all the time especially when towing anything behind. Also had some bad news for me on the tranny and power steering fluid due at 30,000 miles. And the coolant is not 10 yrs either but 6 years and then every 3 thereafter. He told me to smell and feel the differential fluid every few oil changes and probably change at 50k.

He did give me a break on the two year brake fluid change and said three years should be ok for normal RV driving, this thread is what caused me to check on all of this stuff, glad I did.

He did say to follow the schedule 2 specifically even though I told him almost all of our driving was 50+ MPH. Yes, Iíll bet many motorhomes do not follow this schedule and seem to be ok, but being a fanatic on such stuff and since this is our ďforeverĒ mh I will follow it. Ugh, oh well, itís only money......
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I called the Ford truck/RV hotline yesterday and the mechanic told me 30,000 miles for the front wheel bearings because being a motorhome it is near weight capacity all the time especially when towing anything behind. Also had some bad news for me on the tranny and power steering fluid due at 30,000 miles. And the coolant is not 10 yrs either but 6 years and then every 3 thereafter. He told me to smell and feel the differential fluid every few oil changes and probably change at 50k.

He did give me a break on the two year brake fluid change and said three years should be ok for normal RV driving, this thread is what caused me to check on all of this stuff, glad I did.

He did say to follow the schedule 2 specifically even though I told him almost all of our driving was 50+ MPH. Yes, Iíll bet many motorhomes do not follow this schedule and seem to be ok, but being a fanatic on such stuff and since this is our ďforeverĒ mh I will follow it. Ugh, oh well, itís only money......
I need to take another look at my maintenance schedule, I had none of that done... now at 57000, going into Ford dealer for 60000 service next week
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Follow the extreme use guide, except for the most important part, the brakes ?

Not sure how towing effect the front wheel bearings, unless your towing heavy with a equalizer hitch.

If it works for you, Its all good.
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It seems crazy to me that they publish a maintenance schedule that we all follow, but when you call they cut intervals almost in half. I would also think a motorhome F53 would be considered "normal wear". Just watch delivery trucks. They start and stop every 20 feet (like UPS and FedEx).

I will probably stay with the normal use maintenance guidelines, but also keep a close eye on everything. I sometimes feel mechanics are overly conservative mainly to boost maintenance revenue. If my normal car mechanic had his way he would have me change my oil each week... he makes money when I do.
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