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3/25/10 5:22pm - Original Message: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Lusby, MD - USA

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1981 WHITE ALT WITH ALL THE BELLS

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 I have been looking at old posts. Seems you post everything you do on your car on line. Thats a good thing. But Im worryed about what Im not seeing. What does old grease look like??Lets say 30years old grease. Does it look like you want it in you car? I hope you said no to old grease. Now lets look at your rear wheel bearings on your C3 VETTE I bet you the grease looks bad. GM says 25000 for service.I knew all this and tryed to get my bearing serviced.They said they were ok. You will hear them when there going bad. SO I WENT WITH THE FLOW. This was a bad and wrong thing to do.Mine did go bad.I was going about 80miles per hour And my whole f-in wheel and all breaks it was on fire too. My dog almost went out the window. The car went in to a spin before I knew what had happened. BOTTOM LINE IS I all most killed myself.  So if you dont know when they were serviced. You have to get them worked on. Im telling you for your good you can kill people by putting this off.It cost me 2500.00 To put mine back togeter I got lucky and mine came out the bottom and got stuck under the car. If it would have came out the top it would have killed my car. Up threw the fender and takeing the glass and rear bumper I hope you all read this and never have a wheel fall off. You will save a lot of money if you get them serviced before they go bad. KEEP THEM OLD CARS ROOLIN SEEYA CHARLIE 
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3/25/10 9:08pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Hot Springs, AR - USA

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69 Conv #'s Match 427, TKO-600, 3.36HD-Posi, T/T, PS, PB, PW, SP, Lthr, Comp Mag 270 & Pro Rlr Rockers, Edel Air-Gap RPM, BG SD 750 MS, MSD 6AL+Tach Dist+ Blaster SS+Wires, Hly Bl Fuel Pump, K&N, Jet-Hot Hkr Side-Pipes,Steeroids, Al Rad, Spal Fans

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3/25/10 9:33pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Lusby, MD - USA

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1981 WHITE ALT WITH ALL THE BELLS

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I'm talking to all of you. Isn't that why were here??Smileevery one who is pushing there luck with there rear wheel bearing.So im talking to you all. I almost got killed wish someone told me right.Wink

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3/25/10 9:45pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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1975 L48 AT AC T-top

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3/25/10 11:45pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Oak Creek, WI - USA

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1981 Great White Shark. Red Interior, 350/190hp. PS, PB (SS), A/C CC, T-Tops, Going to remain as Stock as possible. Served three years in Active Duty Army, then Retired Air Force after 34 years! Badger State Vetts Car Club. 175,000 Original miles!!

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I guess he is just trying to give us all pointers, Ben.  Sounds like a friendly guy !!
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3/27/10 3:43pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Lusby, MD - USA

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1981 WHITE ALT WITH ALL THE BELLS

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One more thing.  If your wheel comes off you will lose all control. It wont be a just pull over and stop BOBO.  My car went in to a fast spin.  I was in heavy traffic,God was with me. And I thank God no one got killed.Ouch Thanks for trying to read this. CHARLIE  

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3/28/10 12:41pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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1978,Metalic Money Green W/Gold emblems,TH350 w/gear splitter,black & grey interior.1978,two tone,Metalic Rootbeer & gold ,Doeskin interior,auto. trans. 1981, Silver w/mirrored T-Tops,4 spd, charcoal interior.

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Great advice Charlie. I guess it's always tempting to put tho$e expen$ive things off. Funny you should mention it though because I had a Corvette expert (while checking out my rear bearings) tell me the same thing. He said a little play was acceptable and that it should become obvious when it's time to change them Confused. After hearing your story, I don't think I'll take it for any long drives until I can afford to change them out. Better safe than sorry Ouch.

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3/28/10 9:35pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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[QUOTE=81zoomzoom]One more thing.  If your wheel comes off you will lose all control. It wont be a just pull over and stop BOBO.  My car went in to a fast spin.  I was in heavy traffic,God was with me. And I thank God no one got killed.Ouch Thanks for trying to read this. CHARLIE  [/QUOTE]
God WAS (and always will be) with you, Charlie!  I would of left something in my pants if that happened to me!Shocked

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3/29/10 11:55am - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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1981 WHITE ALT WITH ALL THE BELLS

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 I'm not over this.     I'm almost afraid to drive it.    Every time the road noise changes I think the wheel is going to come off.    I think I will have it back this week.   I don't have much trust left.  KLJ put a nother 700r  in it.   I hope this one doesn't leave me walking.

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3/30/10 11:03am - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe

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That sounds like a scary experience.  But yours was an unusual occurrence.  You should not  take your rear wheel bearings apart until they show some end play.  If they were properly assembled with the proper grease, they will last indefinitely.  I believe that if you can feel any play at all, it is time to rebuild them IMMEDIATELY. 

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3/30/10 1:28pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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1981 WHITE ALT WITH ALL THE BELLS

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Thanks for the good words.    That will help me.   If the bearings haven't been done.   And its been 30 years,shouldn't you redo them with new grease?? Old grease gets dryed up.   I know I'm a nut case, just don't want anyone to get hurt. I have real good grease in mine now.    KLJ did tell me they will last a long time with the grease they use.  

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3/30/10 9:19pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Rocklin, CA - USA

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1970 T-Top350/350hp numbers matching 4 speed. It's a mess and 1970 Convertible 4 speed.

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I dont know how to take this post?
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3/30/10 9:49pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Irving, TX - USA

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#1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks. #2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.

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[QUOTE=ossw1]I dont know how to take this post?[/QUOTE]
Did you want to take this post somewhere? LOLLOLShocked

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3/31/10 4:04pm - Reply: 'thanks for haveing me back'
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Holland Patent, NY - USA

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#1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile #2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker

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[QUOTE=ossw1]I dont know how to take this post?[/QUOTE]
 
Charlie was tellin us a story that he questioned a shop about changing the grease in the rear wheel bearing, as he stated they told him he'd hear them when they went bad. He had a bearing failure and his rear whell fell off the car at 80mph. He just wanted the group to be aware.
He's pretty lucky he was not hurt, and fortunite the car was able to be repaired.
He needs to buy a Megamillions lottery ticketClap
 
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