FAG Bearings-Review

FAG Bearings-Review

FAG Bearings are Manufactured to OE standards, Covers a wide range of applications which are readily available worldwide due to effective distribution networks,

FAG Bearings Manufacturing has an efficient support and replacement policy, coupled with excellent customer service, here is my review.


Product Name:- FAG

Owners:- The Schaeffler Group

FAG Bearings

Website:-  http://www.sprocketsandchains.co.za/fag.asp   

Origin:- Germany

Part No.:- 6212.2ZR.C3

Application:- Automotive Wheel Bearings

Endorsements:- AAA/Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs.com

Overall Rating:- 98-100

My Rating:- 98-100

Price:- $20.85 (per set)


A wheel bearing’s function is to allow the wheels to rotate on a shaft and prevent fusion of the metals that come into contact with each other.

As it is hardened steel, tough and robust enough to take a tremendously high rate of heat without fusing.

All wheel bearings are lubricated by either grease or oil depending on their application, but it needs a lubricant in some form or another to prevent failure due to friction.


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FAG Bearing Headquarters Germany

The FAG Bearing brand started with an ingenious idea. In 1883, Friedrich Fischer designed a ball-grinding machine that, for the first time, made it possible to produce absolutely round steel balls through grinding.

This invention is regarded as the foundation for the entire rolling bearing industry.



The Schaeffler Group are manufacturers and distributors of all types of FAG Bearings  applications as well as clutch kits to the Automotive Industry.

Because of Fag Bearings high standards approach to quality manufacturing of their product lines, they are leaders in this industry, providing superior quality products. 


  • Manufactured to OE standards
  • Covers a wide range of applications
  • Readily available worldwide due to effective distribution networks
  • Efficient support and replacement policy
  • Ease of use
  • Attractive packaging


  • Sometimes difficult to source lesser known vehicle makes
  • More expensive than lesser know brands

My Personal Experience with FAG Bearings

I have been using FAG bearings for a number of years now and have never been disappointed with its quality, ease of use and availability.

Front Wheel Bearings for Vw Microbus
Front Wheel Bearings for Vw Microbus

I recall an incident about 3 years ago, when a regular customer brought in a VW Microbus for front wheel bearing replacement due to it being very noisy. 

Upon stripping and assessing, I found the bearings to be relatively new.

But from a competing brand, upon communication with my customer, he informed that a family member loaned his vehicle for a 3 day trip.

During said trip they encountered a noise which was diagnosed by a repair shop in the area he was visiting during his trip, approx 1000 kilometers from home, as a worn wheel bearing.

He agreed to the repair and continued on his journey after the repair.

Returning home the borrower returned the vehicle to my customer, when he encountered a noise emanating from one of the front wheels.

Whether the bearing was incorrectly fitted/adjusted or was just inferior quality, is debatable, but I stick to my faith in FAG Bearings quality.

The customer returns regularly for maintenance of his vehicle but never again for front wheel bearings, therefore my confidence in FAG Bearings is cemented.


Final Opinion

If you want to do a job just once and want to prevent comebacks, use the best quality components you can source, FAG Bearings does just that for my bearing requirements. 

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Until Next Time “Safe Motoring”


Gary De La Cruz
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  • Manufactured to OE standards
  • Covers a wide range of applications
  • Readily available worldwide due to effective distribution networks
  • Efficient support and replacement policy
  • Ease of use


  • Occasionally difficult to source lesser known vehicle makes
  • More expensive than lesser know brands

Gary De La Cruz

I have been 30+ years in the motor industry, still hands on, and have great passion for my chosen profession, I learn new things each day and believe that "if you enjoy your work, you never have to work a day in your life"I believe in honesty, integrity and helping where help is needed.

This Post Has 26 Comments

  1. Greg Cook

    Hi Gary. Thanks for a very informative post on FAG bearings. I agree that quality shouldn’t be compromised when it comes to automotive parts and German engineering is the best. An interesting bit of history about ball bearings also. I enjoyed watching your ‘How to’ videos. It’s obvious you are passionate about your profession. Finding an experienced and trustworthy mechanic is very valuable these days. I look forward to further posts from you.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Thanks for the visit and positive comments Greg, it is always nice to see visitors finding value in the material on my website as I strive to deliver quality helpful content.

      All the best


  2. Sara

    I’m soon to be replacing nearly everything in my car, and I think these bearings are going to be my bearings of choice! I don’t mind spending a bit more on better quality products. Cutting corners on car parts is just not a good idea in my opinion. I’ve had friends who have cut corners, and I’ve watched them struggle because of it. Thanks for the review, though, I’m saving this page for when I’m ready to buy my bearings!

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Thank you for the visit to my website and your favorable comments, Sara, I am happy that you found value in the review of FAG Bearings and that it will help make an informed decision as to the quality of it.

      I use Fag Bearings continually and find it the best, that is why I endorse it.

      All the best to you Sara, and thanks again.


  3. Ernest

    Interesting article. Germany really is a great country to buy products. They manufacture fantastic products of high quality. I also can lend some weight to the fact that the company was created in 1883.

    the story of the VW bus is very instructive. Shopping for the cheapest is a common them, but the components are what make a product great. One poor component can compromise much more than JUST the component!

    I’ll definitely remember these bearings when I need a replacement on my vehicle. Thanks.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Thank you for visiting and your favorable comments Ernest, quality should always be on top of the list and the Germans are renowned for this.

      All the ebst


  4. PKarlsson

    Hi Gary! That was a very interesting post. I actually know how “fun” it is to change wheel bearings..
    So, buying quality stuff, like Fag wheel bearings is totally worth the extra money it will cost. No question about it!
    You will save money in the end anyway!
    Keep up the good work, your articles are great!

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Thanks for the visit to my website and the endorsement of quality parts, Patrick, 

      As mentioned in the review post, quality saves money in the long term, so ,it would make sense to get the best from the word go. 

      So many learn the hard way, this is the reason we do reviews, to help educate the uninformed about quality products such as Fag Bearings and save them money, it is one of my goals with my website.

      All the best Patrick.


  5. Jeff comments

    Hi Gary !

    As a part time mecanic on my car, bike and friend’s car, I do aggree to use first quality bearings unless the car is on his way to the scrapyard very soon…

    FAG bearings always gave me a good return of investment on my car’s repairs.

    I am always looking for new tricks to acheive my mecanic jobs faster and easier. So I did watch your training video on Fitting Rear Wheels Bearnigs on a Rear Wheels Vehicule.

    You make it look easy to acheive the job ! You are a good teacher. Thanks for sharing Your Knowledge and experience

    I will certainly comeback on your site for more information on my next mecanical challenge.

    Cheers from Saguenay, Quèbec, Canada


    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hi Jeff, 

      Thanks for the visit to my website, I am happy that you find value in the information on the website, Fag bearings are very good quality and never disappoints, I use it mostly in my Auto Repair Shop, pop in anytime here I am sure you will find more useful information.

      All the best Jeff


  6. jack

    Thank you, Gary, for this very informative post, in regards to FAG bearings, This content is extremely insightful and honestly very captivating due to the uniqueness. Your post offers great insightfulness, of the companies roots as well as a great revealing product outline, in which quality certainly seems to be their brand goal. Also, i new this technology stemmed from Germany, however you gave it a great illustration. Keep up the great posts, and I will see you soon, Jack

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Jack

      Thank you for visiting my website, and your favorable comments, it is an ongoing task building a website, comments are so important in learning whether we are on the right path in favor of what our visitors expect and find value in. 

      When reviewing a product, in my mind it is important to know who manufactures it and what kind of background they come from, it just builds confident in the product.I review mostly product I used or continually use in my Auto Repair Shop, in so doing have 1st hand knowledge and experience of the reviewed product.

      Once again, thank you Jack, wishing you great success in 2018.


  7. eric

    Thanks for the information about these bearings. I’m not familiar with the brand, but I think I have heard of them before.
    The quality would be the biggest concern for me, and it looks like you are sure that they are a good quality bearing.
    I’ve always know of Timken bearings being the best around, do you think they are of the same quality or better?

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Eric

      Thanks for visiting my website and sharing your insights, FAG Bearings is in my mind, of a similar quality to Timken, I used both in the past and there is very little that separates the 2 in quality, FAG is more accessible in relation to my geographic location, and I like the finishing on FAG bearings better.

      I hope that helps you Eric, all the best in 2018


  8. Melinda

    Thanks for a very informative post. FAG bearings sound like they work well. I must admit, before reading this post, I knew relatively little about wheel bearings. I look forward to reading more about vehicle maintenance and repairs from you!

  9. Norman Richards

    Hello and thanks for sharing. great post with tons of good information that will really educate your readers.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Norman
      Thank you for the visit to my website and taking valuable time to comment and favorably at that, I take pride in the fact that I am able to help others save time and money on vehicle maintenance, repairs, and sound advice, the cherry on the cake is when it is appreciated by others.

      Thanks once again Norman, and may your 2018 be awesomely rewarding.


    2. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Norman
      I create these review posts with mostly 1st hand experience, therefore it is not too laborious a task, my mission is to spread this experience and knowledge to those who find value in it, and in turn encourage them to share it with others and so the circle continues.
      All the best to you Norman

  10. Erin

    Hi Gary and thanks so much for producing such an insightful website! There’s a wealth of information at my fingertips that is sure to come in very handy! I learned so much about FAG Bearings and will check out the prices at Auto Zone. Great addition having a video to talk me through the process! You supply great advice here and it’s extremely user friendly!

    I wish you all the best with your continued success!

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hi Erin
      Thanks for the visit to my website and taking valuable time to share your thoughts and insights, it is comforting to know that I am on the right path with my website as my mission is to help others save some frustration and money with helpful informative posts and video, ,it is a laborious task but well worth the effort, especially when it is appreciated by others.Feel free to visit often as new material is post at least once weekly.

      Thanks once again Erin, and all the best for 2018 may it be an awesome year for you.


  11. Tyler Redlev

    I used to work in a R &D department in the manufacturing industry and as you can guess bearings are one of the components that we have been working with the most. They’re quite fun to work on actually!!!

    These bearings seem pretty fine and a fine bearing could be deciding on your operationheth of your machine significatly. And also a professional who knows what they’re doing should be installing bearings to prevent any mistakes. It’s not for everyone. Also the type of oil or grease to be used must be predetermined for effective operaiton.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Tyler

      Thank you for visiting my website and adding your insights about wheel bearings, it is agreed that the correct lubricant to use is important for the longevity of the bearing, as mentioned in this review.

      You then know 1st hand what it takes to make a quality bearing, as working in the industry you gained this kind of experience.

      All the best for 2018 Tyler


  12. Doug

    Hey, Thanks for the information.. I am getting ready to replace my front bearings on my 2013 Dodge Caravan and I was trying to decide which brand to go with. I was going to go with the cheaper ones but I thing your post has convinced me to use the better quality in hopes that it will be a lot longer before I have to do this again.

    Are these available at any brick and mortar like Auto Zone or NAPA or are they only available online?

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Doug

      Thanks for visiting my website and the positive comments, I am ecstatic that I could help in the way of recommending FAG Bearings as I use it all the time in my Auto Repair Shop and never have any trouble, yes they are available at Auto Zone at reasonable prices, I wish you all the best with the replacement procedures,

      May your 2018 be exceptional, all the best.


  13. ely

    Its a helpful website. You gave an overview and history of the product your talking about which is a good thing to do. You also listed and pros and cons which is also wonderful. The video was also helpful because it will teach me how to maintain my vehicle. I’ll be checking out more of your videos on YouTube.

    1. Gary De La Cruz

      Hello Ely

      Thanks for the visit and positive comments on my website, it feels good to help ,others and know that I am on the right path with my website, It is in it’s infant stages and I am learning everyday, visitor input is great in that it gives me an idea what my audience wants and likes.

      Thank you once again, All the best in 2018 to you Ely


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