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Can A Bike Run With Missing Bearings In The Hub

Old 01-31-16, 05:21 PM
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Can A Bike Run With Missing Bearings In The Hub

I'm currently overhauling a front hub on an old beater and I discovered that one side of the rim is missing a ball bearing. Can the bike still work with new grease and one ball bearing missing.
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It will work for a little while. It will put a lot more stress on the remaining ones. Get to the LBS when you can.
Last fall my sealed bearing on a SA hub started acting funny. The wheel started going crooked when leaning.
I was down 4 balls and still able to limp home.
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This should most certainly be a temporary fix. Bearings are ridiculously cheap. Leaving bearings missing as a long term fix jeopardizes the integrity of the cups and cones as well.
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Not only bike shops but any auto parts store will have good quality (Grade 25 is preferred) bearing balls in the size you need at pennies each. Go buy a complete set of new balls for the hub.
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