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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:51 pm    Post subject: Question Wheel bearing replacement easy? Reply with quote

Took my Imp in because I thought it had an alignment problem. Apparently it was just a tire going bad. Anyway, the shop said the bearing was going. So, can I do one bearing, and how easy/difficult is it? Take off the wheel, brake hardware, then the bearing? And then just put it all back on?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You got it. It's very easy.

It took maybe 30 Min. to do both my front wheel bearings.

Just remember to purchase high quality replacements like ACDelco, Timken OR SKF.

I purchased 1 SKF and 1 ACDelco that I got off eBay.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

In theory it's a cakewalk. It practice, it depends on how rusted the components are.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Im With Stupid All though I don't think he is stupid Wink
There are a bunch of Vids on youtube, on how to do it.
And the one posted above is also very good. imo
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:27 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

To be technical, the bearing is pressed into the hub and the hub assembly is much easier to replace- so when looking for parts it may also be called a hub or hub assembly and be sure to get with ABS or without ABS depending on your car. One has a speed sensor and the other doesn't.

I've only replaced a rear one on my imp and I had to hit it with a hammer for 20 minutes before it would separate. Don't the hubs in the front require a puller?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:41 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Don't the hubs in the front require a puller?


When I did my front hubs last August I just unscrewed the large shaft nut out flush with the end of the shaft then used a nice block of hard wood and placed
it against the nut/shaft and used a BFH and gave the shaft/nut a good whack and the shaft popped right out of the hub. No puller needed.
I then took the three hub bolts out and gave the hub a couple taps and the hub assembly popped right out. It was really easy.

Both of my front hubs came right out with a few light taps.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I just replaced the rotors and brakes about two months ago, and liberally sprayed on PB Blaster to loosen the rotor. Might have gotten a little bit on the hub assembly as well, so probably some some hammer taps to loosen the hubs. Kind of surprised my GP hub assemblies haven't gone out yet. Then again, maybe they were gone when I bought the car and just thought the noise was there already.

The Impala wasn't making the noise until after a Thanksgiving trip, about 1200 miles after the brakes were done. So I don't think I did anything. No worries. Might go ahead and change both. No point doing one then having to do the other two months later when I could have done 'em at the same time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm doing mine Sunday. If they are rusted BADLY, prepare to get an arm work out. If they aren't, it's almost as easy as changing the rotors. Good luck.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

glorified brake job, hardest thing will be removing the axle from the hub, but thats why god invented roscoe 2 fisters

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:08 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The Haynes manual mentions replacing three bolts if they are removed or damaged. Assuming that I don't have any issues, will I need anything other than the hub assembly? It's just the one piece and a cable for a speed sensor, right? I have ABS, so I know I need that hub assembly.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You shouldn't need anything except what comes with the hub, mine never came with bolts and I just reused mine. You can inspect the threads and make sure everything looks okay but my guess is they'll be fine unless you round them off or break them somehow

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just a little parinoid, I guess. I really shouldn't be. I changed the brakes on my GP and Impala, and that was one of the first jobs I think that really would have effected the way my car drives. And since I'm essentially going to be doing almost another brake job, it shouldn't be too bad.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Got mine done. Hit me up if you have any questions. Good luck.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 5:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

FWIW, the by the book method clearly states to discard the old bolts and get new ones. I think I spent around 20 bucks on 6 of them when I did my front hubs. I also mangled the heads on most of the bolts trying to get them out and wouldn't have felt comfortable reusing them anyway.

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