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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject:  Wheel Bearing Mounting Bolts Reply with quote

I've been reading up on replacing a wheel bearing on an 04 Impala and I see a warning that you MUST replace the three mounting bolts when replacing the hub. I stopped by two of my local Chevy dealers part departments to pick up a set of bolts and they both said they don't stock them (or order them very often) because they don't replace them as part of the wheel bearing replacement. This was confirmed by both the service manager and a couple of mechanics. I guess my question is , how important is this ?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I found it very important. You will most likely strip/ruin the head of one of those bolts removing them.

ZSpot will get you them for about $15+shipping. I went that route and have no regrets Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I've never replaced them on any of my cars. I don't think they will fail, but like chi said you may round the heads off and have to replace them out of necessity.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

OE/ACDelco hubs come with the bolts...which is probably why they don't stock them separately. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I rounded off 3 out of 6 when I did my front hubs. I was glad to have the new ones to put in their place. I ended up visiting a few dealers before I finally had one order them for me. Took a few days, but it was worth it.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:32 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Both GM dealers I stopped at said the mounting bolts were not included with their hubs, nor do they replace them.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 12:12 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Odd. The factory service manual says to replace them, and I bought an AC Delco hub several years ago (from eBay) and it had the bolts in the box.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 8:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm not sure why they wouldn't be included with the hub if the manual says they MUST be replaced any time they are removed or become loosened. I thought maybe it was because they come with some type of threadlocker already applied. I was able to locate a set of bolts I'll be picking up today. At a little over $4 apiece, no real reason not to. I'd like to thank everyone again for their input, this site has been invaluable to me for all the tips and information about repairing my Impala.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:19 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

gwb1968 wrote:
I'm not sure why they wouldn't be included with the hub if the manual says they MUST be replaced any time they are removed or become loosened. I thought maybe it was because they come with some type of threadlocker already applied. I was able to locate a set of bolts I'll be picking up today. At a little over $4 apiece, no real reason not to. I'd like to thank everyone again for their input, this site has been invaluable to me for all the tips and information about repairing my Impala.


Put some locktite red on there, much better investment than 3 bolts you don't need. Have 70k on both my front ones and the bolts are still tight.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:07 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Put some locktite red on there, much better investment than 3 bolts you don't need. Have 70k on both my front ones and the bolts are still tight.


Bad advice. People have enough problems getting the hubs off the knuckle and the bolts can be hard to get to (and easy to strip) anyway. You're just asking for more issues when it fails and you go to change it next time. You would most likely have to take the whole steering knuckle off the car and screw around with it.

If you use Loctite, use the blue stuff.

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