Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:15 pm Post subject: Do I need front hubs?
So I go to the local Tires Plus for the $20 oil change, & they love to look for things the customer needs. I mention I recently started to notice a squeek on the right side when going over a bump, & he says it might be a strut. But he does tell me I need 2 front hubs. I verified with the car in the air, & with my hands in the 9, & 3 o'clock position, it's tight, but with my hands in the 12, & 6 o'clock position, there's the tiniest bit of movement. Are the hubs shot, or just something to keep my eye on? I will need front tires soon, but they are wearing evenly across. No worn corners. But again, I ask about the noise, & the mgr shrugs his shoulders. He asks if I want to "address the hubs", & I explain to him that with my 30 years of GM parts work, I can get them at dealer cost, & my buddy at the dealer will install them for $50. But they have no idea about the squeek. So do I need hubs? GARY
When I swapped out both the hubs in March they were both making a growling noise. The new ones were quiet.
Within a 6 weeks one of them was making a squeaking noise ( sounded just like a flat tire ), so I got a warrenty replacement from Timken.
I would say both noises sounded like a bad hub. Neither had much movement
Keep an eye on it until it warrents being changed.
i have to chime in on this and i do realize this post is a couple months old but. to my knowledge if the hub was to have any play it would be all around. since there is nothing preventing it from moving, most time they will hum or make some other noise never had them move on my car. tie rods would be a 9&3 ball joints would be 12&6 if a bearing is bad the tire would float all around not just at a certain point like 12&6. on my k20 (i know different animal but same basic ideal) but the bearing is gone and when its jacked up the tire will go which ever way you want it to
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