Wheel Bearing Bad Wheel Rubbing Spring

bogman

Member
The wife was riding around on the old 2003 Club Car DS and stopped to pick me up to go show me something and as soon as she took off I heard metal scrapping. I asked how long it had been doing that and she said that it was the first she heard it. Probably my added weight I thought and got her to stop so I could see where it was coming from.

As soon as I looked at the inside rim on the passenger side, I could see a ring of paint being rubbed off by the bottom leaf spring. So I took it to the shop to see what could be causing that and decided to jack up that side to check for wheel play. Sure enough there was some slop. So I figured the axle nut needed to be tightened up a bit and I took the wheel off.

After I popped the dust cap off and took the cotter pin out I decided I would slide the hub off to check the grease. As soon as I slid it off I saw that the inside wheel bearing was bad as all the rollers were laying in the hub. The grease was hard and gummy.:thumbdown:

Went to the resources on this site and found the bearing number 1011393 and went to NAPA and they cross referenced it with PBR2 which is a common riding lawn mower wheel bearing for $7 bucks and change. It took about an hour all told to put it back together as I had to beat the inner race off the spindle, but she's running like a new one once again!:thumbsup:
 

bogman

Member
Well Hot Rod, I declared victory over the scrapping noise too soon.:stop: Everything sounded fine when I took off for a test drive after replacing the wheel bearing, but it was just me in it then. Today the wife picks me up to go riding and bam, it starts scrapping again.

Certainly the wheel bearing was bad and needed replacement. But I'm thinking now that it might be the rubber bushing in the eye of the bottom leaf spring that might be bad. I'll check it tomorrow.
 

HotRodCarts

Cartaholic
Yes if the bearing had fallen apart like you said it's a good thing you found it when you did. Did you check the bearing on the other side of the cart? Let us know what you find.
 

bogman

Member
I haven't checked the drivers side wheel yet, but I know if the grease is in the same shape and it probably is, then at the very least I need to repack those bearings. I would bet that's the original grease from the factory. So now I know that every 14 years I need to check the grease.;)
 

bogman

Member
As you can see from the pic, the bushings in the eye of the leaf spring are completely worn out. The worn out side was on the bottom, but as you see in the pic I turned it 180 deg. so that we can run it till the new ones get here. Just got through with a test drive with the wife and there was no metal to metal noise. I added a pic of where the leaf spring was rubbing the inside of the rim.

While I was at it, I took the drivers side wheel and hub off. And faint and fall out:D it was nice and well lubed. Daylight and dark difference between this side and the other.
 

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bogman

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The new bushings came in from Golf Parts Unlimited for $10.50 shipped in 3 days. Kit has all bushings needed for all leaf springs front and rear with the metal inserts. There was nothing wrong with my old metal inserts but I went ahead and put the new ones in. Pic shows front right all the way to the right then front drivers side then the rear. Notice the front drivers side was fixing to be in the same shape as the other side.

I put the old rear ones back in the envelope and hung it on a nail in the shed. They could come in handy someday.:)
 

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