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Today I received two Timken rear wheel hub assemblies for my 2005 STS. I planned to replace both original hubs over the weekend. However, to my disappointment, one of the hubs is made in the United States while the other is made in Korea. Below is a list of problems with the one made in Korea: 1. Inferior studs, as the studs used are shorter because they do not have the initial non-threaded area which is used to align lug nuts before torquing them down; 2. The bearing is resessed substantially more inside the bearing sleave than the one made in the United States, which means the hub made in Korea does not mirror the specs of the hub made in the United States; 3. The hub does not have a threaded hole next to a stud, which is used to secure the brake disc; and 4. The box the hub came in does not have an official Timken color changing sticker indicating it is an official Timken product. Needless to say, I'm seeking authorization to return the Korean-made hub and have it replaced with one made in the United States. By the way, Timken is an American company that has a reputation for quality. However, after recieving the Korean hub that is clearly not made to the same specs as the U.S. hub, I'm dissapointed that Timken would allow such an inferior product. I am seriously considereing sending a letter to Timken about this matter. While both hub assemblies cost the same, the one that is made in Korea is not made to the same specs as the U.S. made hub, which should be comletely unacceptable to Timken. My advice to anyone looking to buy Timken is to specifically advise that you want only U.S. made. You may get the run around, as in you may be told that it's not possible to guarantee such a thing; however, you should insist or go somewhere else or buy a different brand.
Well, it’s time I replace the inner and outer tie rods, the left and right front hub assembly (and maybe rear hubs), and buy new tires before winter. The tie rods are Moog and the hubs are Timken. I’m going to address the alignment (toe in) problem before I spend $800 or more on new tires. I don't think the hub(s) are a problem at this time; however, since my STS has over 250K miles, I’m thinking I’ll just replace them before they give out. The new tires I'm considering is either the Michelin Pilot MXM4 or the Bridgestone DriveGuard tires I stumbled on, which look like a good possibility. The DriveGuard (reviewed in Car and Driver) has the latest technology and supposedly do not compromise ride comfort for a "run-flat" tire, can be purchased with tread life of 60K, are all-season tires, and will go 50 miles on no air. I thought about buying a newer used Cadillac (another STS) but decided to run this one for at least another 3-5 years. It's not perfect, but I'm still way ahead of the game if I simply replace the rods, hubs and tires even with high mileage. If I can get another 100K, I'll go for it.