I am interested in buying a car that lived in Hawaii for one year as a rental. How would I know if there is sand in the wheel bearings?
Rental cars from Hawaii are quite common, as it is a big tourist area. From my experience, they are generally not quite as well maintained as mainland cars, but I have never seen one with any kind of excessive sand or rust issues.
I wouldn’t worry too much about sand in the wheel bearing. I often encounter sand and have 60K on my truck and 130K on the car, no bearing problems- -yet.