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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject:  Questions/advice about wheel bearing job Reply with quote

So Saturday my brother and I are going to be doing a wheel bearing job. Any of you guys with some knowledge of doing the job have any tips? I have a Timken coming from rockauto, and I'm almost positive it's my right front because when I turn left the humming gets worse. It seems the whole "do both sides at the same time" opinion is kinda 50/50, so I'm just doing the one because I have to much other crap to pay for. I'm hoping I don't have completely seized bolts with the car being in NYS it's entire life, but who knows yet. I've seen in a video the hub bolt is supposed to be torqued to 118? But then I look in my Haynes manual and it says this:



So I'm not sure. Any advice would help. This is for my 04 SS of course.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

159 ft-lb was for 2000 only. Use 118 ft-lb for 2001 & up.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

FWIW, make sure you have new hub bolts handy. You can (and will) ruin at least one of them while taking the old ones out.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks guys. What's the socket size for the hub? 35?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 5:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I think it's 12 or 13 for the three bolts on the back of the knuckle holding the hub onto the knuckle. The nut on the CV joint on the front face of the hub is somewhere around 35mm...I don't know specifically what size, but if you get a axle socket set from the parts store it will have the right size in it.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:17 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

the spindle locking nut can be either 34mm or 36mm. i think stock is 34 but timken is 36mm. the 3 bolts for the hub bearing are 13mm. i cant remember how mine acted. i want to say if i turned right it would hum so i changed the right and it turned out to be the left. so i took the old right and put it on the left.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

On my 98 Lumina LTZ, many years ago, it hummed when I turned left, which loads up the right side as you know, so I thought it must be the right bearing. But I was wrong. I changed the right front bearing and it still hummed. I then changed the left front bearing and the hum vanished. Just sayin'.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Make sure to get a new axle nut.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

New nut is a good ideal but its not something that has to be done. I've put 30k on my hub bearings after changing them with no problem. If it was needed it would be with the bearing. On new/rebuilt cv shafts they come with nuts because of different manufacturers threads

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:52 pm    Post subject:  Re: Questions/advice about wheel bearing job Reply with quote

dan073eb wrote:
So Saturday my brother and I are going to be doing a wheel bearing job. Any of you guys with some knowledge of doing the job have any tips? I have a Timken coming from rockauto, and I'm almost positive it's my right front because when I turn left the humming gets worse. It seems the whole "do both sides at the same time" opinion is kinda 50/50, so I'm just doing the one because I have to much other crap to pay for.

So I'm not sure. Any advice would help. This is for my 04 SS of course.


So was it the right side? Is everything fine now?

I usually jack up the car, and see if there is any play in the wheel by trying to rock it. But that was for a sealed hub on a 94 f-body.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:56 pm    Post subject:  Re: Questions/advice about wheel bearing job Reply with quote

impy2lt2014 wrote:
dan073eb wrote:
So Saturday my brother and I are going to be doing a wheel bearing job. Any of you guys with some knowledge of doing the job have any tips? I have a Timken coming from rockauto, and I'm almost positive it's my right front because when I turn left the humming gets worse. It seems the whole "do both sides at the same time" opinion is kinda 50/50, so I'm just doing the one because I have to much other crap to pay for.

So I'm not sure. Any advice would help. This is for my 04 SS of course.


So was it the right side? Is everything fine now?

I usually jack up the car, and see if there is any play in the wheel by trying to rock it. But that was for a sealed hub on a 94 f-body.


Yes it was the right side, I ended up buying a Timkin on rockauto but actually had a garage do it, was afraid it was gonna be a SOB to get out. Ended up being cheaper than if the garage got the same Timkin, so ended up saving some $.
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