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Old 10-18-2010, 05:35 PM   #41
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

Hey guys, new member here in northern NJ (bee-yoo-tee-ful Sussex County ). I've got a 2005 4WD Z71 LS with just over 100,000 miles on it (happy birthday to me! ).

I'm saving myself tons of money doing my own brakes -- local places wanted over $1200 for rotors/pads/drums/shoes. I did the rears last weekend and had no trouble (except that Raybestos mis-packaged one of the drums and it was incorrect but with the correct label on the box). Parts from Rock Auto were just over $300. The satisfaction of doing the job myself? Priceless.

Anyway, I'm on to the fronts. This write-up and the videos are incredibly helpful -- great job and thank you!

However, I'm stuck. I've got the caliper and mounting bracket off, got the hub nut out, loosened the 17mm bolts, removed the four bolts off the back, and took care of the ABS wire.

I cannot for the life of me get the assembly off the axle. I've been pulling, tugging, and even whacking the back of the disc rotor with a hammer (I'm replacing it, after all), but no luck. It doesn't even feel loose.

I tried spraying a bunch of PB Blaster around in there, but it's been a few hours and it's still stuck. Now that I've whacked the disc, I really can't put it back together. Any suggestions at this point? I'm dead in the water right now.

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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

I've heard of people blocking the backside of the hub with a 2x4 somehow, and turning the wheel to pop it out.......I can't find the post where I saw that.
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

found it.... No front brakes How-To?
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

Thanks, man. I'll give that 2x4 a shot -- maybe the steering will give me enough oomph to pop the thing out. Otherwise, I'll have to find a local shop with a hub puller that I can rent time on.

I really appreciate the help.
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

Sadly, didn't work.

I found what I thought was a good place to brace the 2x4, turned the wheel and felt resistance. I turned a little harder and heard a nice clunk, so I thought I might have had it.

The 2x4 split and shattered.

I went to Advance Auto and rented a hub puller, but it doesn't fit the 'Rado's hub. The deeper puller doesn't span the wheel lugs, and the shallower puller fits the span but isn't deep enough to go over the threaded axle.

With my front brakes pretty beat up, I really can't drive it too far, but I think I'll just have to take it to a local shop to at least see if they can pull the hub. Maybe they'll either use my parts and only charge labor, or maybe I can convince them just to pull the hub and put it back so at least it's broken free and I should be able to do it then.

I can't think of anything I may have missed, but I swear there must be some bolts somewhere holding this thing together. I have no idea what to look for, though -- I followed all of the other instructions, and double-checked this page against the Haynes manual. Except for the steering knuckle mentioned in the manual, the instructions are identical, and I didn't have to remove the knuckle to get to the bolts the way the manual said I'd have to.

Grumble. I was so close!
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Ok, just got the truck back from the mechanic. $700 labor! Ouch!

He said it was a royal pain for him, too. The side I didn't touch was even worse than the side I tried. The axles were frozen in the hubs, and he had to hit them so hard to get them out that he peened the ends over, so he had to cut those (I assume to get the nut back on). What a mess. Glad it's over.

Oh, by the way, the mechanic did mention that when he put everything back together, he didn't realize the ABS sensors were press-fit in, and they popped out a little. During the test drive the ABS light came on, and he had to put it back on the lift to figure out what happened. He fixed it up.

Be warned: The whole reason I had to do this was because a few months ago I made a really bad decision and had the dealer grind the rotors instead of replacing them when they told me I needed brakes (and they recommended grinding). The rotors warped pretty quickly after that, and the truck started vibrating when the brakes were applied.

So, anyway, I should be good for another hundred thousand miles now...phew.

Thanks for the help and advice. I won't be trying that again.
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Sucks Man

Even though it cost you a bundle, glad it's back up & runnin' again!!

Hope you stick around the site.....MOST of the time, we can avoid those pesky Labor charges.

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For Sale: Front Left & Right Hubs with ABS Sensors, less than 2000 mi.

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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

hi i'm new to this site so i'm sorry if this is the wrong place to ask a question but really need some help

i have a 2005 gmc canyon and it making this annoying noise when i go over bumps i feel it alot on the drivers side
i change both upper and lower ball joint and the tie links and the noise is still there
it driving me crazy
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Is there a big difference when changing the hubs/wheel bearings on a 2wd z71 versus the 4wd one shown in the how to?
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

Nice write up. I have done this twice now one for new rotors which you have to take everything out to begin with and once on the drivers side for a new bearing. It is a PITA each time I do it. But it beats paying 6 hours of labor to someone else.
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Is there a big difference when changing the hubs/wheel bearings on a 2wd z71 versus the 4wd one shown in the how to?
No there is just no center bolt on the outside... Also if you get an 8" extension you can get the bolt out thats over the ball joint a trick I used for that is to turn the wheel out so you have a straight shot at it without the a arm in the way.
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

This how-to was very beneficial for helping me replace my front rotors, cv shaft seals and installing my 4.10's.

Additional advice, be very careful when laying the hubs flat down on there back sides. Use 2 2x4 to cradle the ABS/Speedo sensors from getting fucked. U F it and you'll have to start all over and remove everything to replace it.
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Re: How To: Front Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

Just finished up with my front drivers side. About 2 hours to complete from start to clean shop again. The how to was a great help. Worst part was the ABS sensor clip, it was a PITA.
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so im in need of doing my front drivers side hub. looking at rockauto.com, there are many different listings with different flange offsets and flange shapes. please help

truck in question is an '05 4x4
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so im in need of doing my front drivers side hub. looking at rockauto.com, there are many different listings with different flange offsets and flange shapes. please help

truck in question is an '05 4x4
According to the parts lookup on the Timken website, part number HA590304 supersedes their older numbers.
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