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    Will one ball bearing matter?

    Hi all, earlier on I put on my new wheel skewer for my rear wheel. A ball bearing fell out and I can't find it, I know it was only one because I heard it drop, Will one less ball bearing make a difference? Thanks

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    The manufacturers would save money by putting in less bearings in the first place if it wasn't needed. I would put another bearing in there.

    Are you really sure that you are missing a bearing? One method of putting in the correct amount of bearings is to fill up the bearing race in a nice circle then remove one bearing. In other words if you've actually lost a bearing, then it should look like two are missing.

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    in my opinion no..but shouldnt be hard to find another one,,go the bike mechanic,,and ask if he has onen laying around

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    Yes, less than all of the ball bearings in a hub is not optional.
    Something is badly wrong if bearings are falling out your hub, an overhaul is in order at least along w/ a search for the missing ball.

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    To be honest, I think you would be OK... In a proper setup there is a little room since the bearings shouldn't rub each other under pressure. One less bearing shouldn't be a major issue, at least in the short term under light load. It may wear the races more quickly over time, or under heavy load.

    But, for me, ball bearings are far too cheap to take the chance.

    EDIT: I thought you lost it while servicing the hub, I just realized you were just changing a skewer... I agree with the earlier poster, there is an issue if you are losing bearings while just replacing the skewer.
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    Hi all, earlier on I put on my new wheel skewer for my rear wheel. A ball bearing fell out and I can't find it, I know it was only one because I heard it drop, Will one less ball bearing make a difference? Thanks
    symptom you have more problems than you mentioned.

    ball bearings in the Hub should never fall out if you just removed the QR skewer ,
    take it to a Mechanic and have it repaired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    ball bearings in the Hub should never fall out if you just removed the QR skewer ,
    take it to a Mechanic and have it repaired.
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