The car had new front wheel bearings and stub axles less than 12,000
ago (although I said at the time that I was worried about installing
bearings that were made in Slovakia). With the front end jacked up,
wheels feel the same to spin them, and both wheels seem to have about
same amount of play when rocked.
Wrong. IME, if they have noticeable play they’re shot. R + R.
It may not have been the country of origin but incorrect installation that
killed them. Was the grease seal replaced at the same time ? Were they
set up correctly ?
Grease seal replaced, adjusted as per The Book. BTW, I removed and
re-greased the outers and re-adjusted, and the noise is about 90% gone. I
will probably be needing to replace them again soon. I was quite shocked
at how much grease had mysteriously vanished from them bearings. They had
been carefully packed with “high temperature disc brake wheel bearing