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New wheel bearings @ 53k

Postby Justin » Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:54 am

It's been an occuring problem with the front passenger side wheel. It was making alot of noise. 2 months ago, i jacked up that side and the wheel had a little bit of play from top to bottom. Over the course of that time, i would hear a popping noise in the front end after the truck was sitting for a bit, then driving for like 10', it would pop. Today, i took it in for a service and had the mechanic move it. Basically, the mechanic told me I was lucky to get it there and that I shouldn't drive it any longer like that. So they are replacing it but its not cheap...$350
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Postby adrenalnjunky » Wed Jan 12, 2005 7:59 am

don't tell me that -- I've got some knocking coming from that corner - I havr 48K on the truck, but mine really only seems to be audible while hitting smaller, frequent bumps, or on asphalt that has some "chatter" to it.
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Postby Justin » Wed Jan 12, 2005 9:28 pm

just jack the truck up and see if the wheel has some play top to bottom and side to side. If not, than its something else. That noise could be something in the suspension. T bar, A-arm bushings, ball joints?
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Postby 04revx » Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:26 pm

TTT because I think my right front wheel bearing quite on me last night. For the past couple of days I've been hearing a humming noise coming from that tire at speeds over 35 mph. Last night it started making a clunking noise. Slight side to side movement in my tire. Hobbled to the nearest parking lot because now it was making a lot of noise. When i would hit the brake my ABS would be activated...kinda sketchy when you really need to stop!! So its sitting at the shop until they can get to it monday morning. This is nothing I have the time nor the ability to try. How much damage besides the actual bearing do you think might be done?

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Postby HenryJ » Sat May 20, 2006 3:24 pm

04revx wrote:... I've been hearing a humming noise coming from that tire at speeds over 35 mph...Just turned 60K miles the other day.
I have nearly the same story. I have had a vibration in the front for a little while now. I did notice a little cupping on the front tires and thought that might have been the culprit. I had though I was just overdue for a tire rotation , not yet being familiar with the BFG AT KO's needs.
So today in preparation for an upcoming expedition, I rotated the tires. Upon jacking up the front I found the LH wheel bearing was bad. There was quite a bit of lateral movement.
This is the hub assembly that was replaced under warranty at 28,000 miles. I now have 56,909 miles and it failed again.
I purchased a NAPA hub assembly for $175. I comes with a ABS sensor, but does not come with the rubber o-ring seal that goes between the hub and mounting surface. Mine was still pretty good , so I reused it.
Those of you capable of changing your own brakes can handle this job. It is not hard. The socket needed for the axle nut is 36mm. It needs to be a deep socket. You will find that a 1 7/16" socket is only .020" larger and works just fine. I found I had neither in a deep version, so had to invest in one. The standard ( 1 7/16 ) socket was $6 cheaper than the metric socket. Guess which one I bought? ;) The socket was $24.
I pulled the caliper, caliper bracket, rotor and then used a gear puller to break loose the axle shaft after removal of the nut. Three bolts to take loose the hub assembly and three mounts for the sensor wiring to remove.
Everything went well and Hopefully this NAPA hub will outlast the right hand side which is still original equipment.

Summary: If you feel a vibration in the front, don't assume tires. Consider checking your wheel bearings. If you find a bad one , don't be afraid to fix it yourself.

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Postby doughboy5499 » Sat May 20, 2006 4:16 pm

I was told by a friend that my driverside is bad from just me talking about it. But I am not so sure. I have no movement Lateral or side-to-side. I have a squeek everytime the tire goes around. It quiets a little when I turn left and it gets LOUDER when I turn right. I greased everything that i can get on and still is there. Any ideas what it could be?
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Postby doughboy5499 » Sun May 21, 2006 7:17 am

Anyone know what this could be? I checked my brakes and they seem to be good still.
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Postby HenryJ » Sun May 21, 2006 8:21 am

doughboy5499 wrote:...Any ideas what it could be?
Front Wheel Bearings Diagnosis Complete the diagnosis. If you do not have the equipment , take it to your alignment shop and have them help you diagnose the problem. You're probably due for an alignment check anyway.

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Re: New wheel bearings @ 53k

Postby ludwis » Sat Aug 01, 2015 11:39 am

Just changed my very first wheel bearing, did the front right (currently at 118K miles) was as simple as henryj said. Took about 2 hours start to finish including a 4 tire rotation.

Bought the new hub assembly on amazon ~$120 and used Autozones lone a tool program to get the 36mm socket, breaker bar, and gear puller. Tools only cost me a little bit if gas going to and from autozone.

All in all, pretty easy, thanks for the guide again!
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