Common. Lowest bidder = lowest quality. The mistake is using OEM again.Just had the rear wheel bearings replaced in Oct. for the 2nd time by my local Jeep dealer, almost one year to the date. I asked the Service Mgr. what's the chance of getting 2 sets of defective tapered-roller bearings only one year apart? He just shook his head. I asked if there was a secret Fiat-Chrysler recall for a design or mfg. defect and he couldn't tell me.
I had a 1998 Cherokee that went 190,000 mi, before it died of electrical problems and it still had the original wheel bearings in the solid axles. Has anyone else experienced this?