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Old 05-20-2008, 09:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Wheel bearing...and the HUB?

Does the hub need to be replaced with the wheel bearing? Is it a good idea to do so and make the job easier? I say this because I noticed wheel bearing play in my drivers side. It hasn't made any noises yet but it will eventually come to that point and I want to get it fixed here in a bit.

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Front wheel bearing at the dealership is $75. Part number 5272448AA
S&P sells them for $55.57

Front wheel hub is $60 at the dealership. Part number 4670292AF
S&P sells them for $43.86
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Also would like to know the answer to this.
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The hub won't need to be replaced, unless it was damaged during the bearing pull process.
I just had some autozone timkin ($31 each) bearings installed in my knuckles / hubs for $35 per side. The hubs feel nice and slightly snug when rotated.

FYI my front left bearing went at 95,000 miles, which includes a lot of mountain driving.

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i would go ahead an replace both i just ran into 1000 dollars worth of suspension repair because of these issues. my exhaust was too loud to hear the noise, then it was too late
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i would go ahead an replace both i just ran into 1000 dollars worth of suspension repair because of these issues. my exhaust was too loud to hear the noise, then it was too late

Care to elaborate? Ive needed bearings for awhile i suspect some play and Im a little lost as to how that can happen
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I would go ahead and spend the extra $90 and get two new front hubs as well. If you are doing all the work and then something goes wrong with the old hub, you have to do all the work again and buy another bearing. And don't forget you get all new wheel studs already installed in the hubs when you buy them!

I replace all four hubs/bearings at least twice a year, but my car is mostly just for track use.
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Care to elaborate? Ive needed bearings for awhile i suspect some play and Im a little lost as to how that can happen

I suppose that if the rear's were bad, he could have chewed up the spindle assembly(s)? Other than that, I can't imagine what would cause $1,000 damage due to a worn bearing.
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when you press the hub out of the bearing the outter bearing race is going to still be pressed to the hub.you need a special tool to catch the edge of the race and press it off the hub.or you can cut most the way through the race and crack it with a chisel.it can pose to be a pain in the ass if you dont have the right tools.so if this is a driveway job id just save yourself the agrivation and buy new hubs also.
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Quote: Originally Posted by dodgetech81 View Post
when you press the hub out of the bearing the outter bearing race is going to still be pressed to the hub.you need a special tool to catch the edge of the race and press it off the hub.or you can cut most the way through the race and crack it with a chisel.it can pose to be a pain in the ass if you dont have the right tools.so if this is a driveway job id just save yourself the agrivation and buy new hubs also.

I wouldn't even attempt the bearing removal without a press. If you don't have one (and some bearing press tools) I would take the whole knuckle to a machine shop and have them do the work for you. Just bring the new hub and bearing and it should take them about 15 minutes, assuming they know what they are doing.
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I don't plan on doing it. I plan on having a local shop do it. So would it be more in labor for them to replace the hub with the bearing? And No I don't want to replace something that doesn't need to be replaced. (The right side) Once it starts getting play I will replace that side.

I also read they upgraded from a tappered roller bearing to a ball bearing. Could be the other way around.

My buddy only had 28k on his and both of them went out! FYI.

My car is a daily driver too BTW, not a track car.

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I just had some autozone timkin ($31 each) bearings installed in my knuckles / hubs for $35 per side. The hubs feel nice and slightly snug when rotated.

They only charged you $35 to install a bearing!@?!?!?
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Quote: Originally Posted by raul-01 View Post
I don't plan on doing it. I plan on having a local shop do it. So would it be more in labor for them to replace the hub with the bearing? And No I don't want to replace something that doesn't need to be replaced. (The right side) Once it starts getting play I will replace that side.

I also read they upgraded from a tappered roller bearing to a ball bearing. Could be the other way around.

My buddy only had 28k on his and both of them went out! FYI.

My car is a daily driver too BTW, not a track car.



They only charged you $35 to install a bearing!@?!?!?

You have to remove the hub from the spindle and press off the bearing (or at least half) to replace the bearing, so in all reality, it is less labor if you replace the hub as well, since they don't have to worry about removing the bearing from the hub, just the spindle housing.

I paid $30 to install both bearing and both hubs in my knuckles. Of course I carried the spindle to a machine shop after I removed them from the car and reinstalled them later myself as well. It took the machine shop 10, maybe 15 minutes to do all the work.
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I just changed my L.F. wheel bearing, & YES! i HAD to replace the hub...... because the inner section of the hub,where the inner bearing race sits,was worn badly.
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Quote: Originally Posted by raul-01 View Post
I don't plan on doing it. I plan on having a local shop do it. So would it be more in labor for them to replace the hub with the bearing? And No I don't want to replace something that doesn't need to be replaced. (The right side) Once it starts getting play I will replace that side.

I also read they upgraded from a tappered roller bearing to a ball bearing. Could be the other way around.

My buddy only had 28k on his and both of them went out! FYI.

My car is a daily driver too BTW, not a track car.



They only charged you $35 to install a bearing!@?!?!?

Yes, I brought in two stock knuckle assemblies and two new timkin bearings. One hour later my knuckles / hubs have the fresh bearings installed for $70 total cost.
Just a local automotive machine shop.

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Ahhh okay! I thought you brought your car in there and they took it apart and put it back together for $35 a side. I shall order the hub too.
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Ahhh okay! I thought you brought your car in there and they took it apart and put it back together for $35 a side. I shall order the hub too.

where are you ordering the bearing and hub from i need one aswell. thanks
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