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I emphasize that this is just my opinion.
A vehicle that has spent its life cruising up and down the motorway in 5th gear is least likely to see this failure.
In my opinion, therefore, the life of this bearing is directly related to the time the vehicle has spent in low forward gears at high load (towing, climbing hills, spirited driving, etc.).
In 4th gear theres no relative speed across the bearing and in 5th and reverse the A-clutch isnt engaged so there will be no axial load.
Regarding fluid/filter changes, Im not convinced theyll make a lot of difference to the life of this particular bearing but, in general, I believe the fluid should be changed more frequently than ZFs recommendation of 10 years/100,000 miles.This is because of the particular transmission fluid cooling issues with the pre-06 L322s which will cause the fluid to oxidise more quickly than was envisaged when the refill periods were originally specified.M is an evolving global online resource dedicated to providing a technical and social community to Land.Rover owners, enthusiasts and admirers of all ages.Welcome to t - a website dedicated to all things.You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features.