Replacing a Sealed Wheel Bearing - Popular Mechanics

Learn how to replace a wheel bearing on a Ford Focus to save some money. Changing your own bearing is a simple task, and …

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  • Wheel bearings usually last quite a while, perhaps 15,000 to 30,000 miles. If you feel any play in the bearings replace them. If the wheel hub feels very hot to the touch, check to see if the brakes are dragging. If the brakes are not dragging, replace the bearings because there has been a lubrication failure. The bearings have overheated and are ruined. Likewise, if you have the axle out for some reason, like a tire change, and you notice it is discolored, as if it had been heated up with a torch, replace the bearings and the axle too. If you are going on a long trip and can't remember when you last replaced the wheel bearings, replace the bearings. If in doubt, replace the bearings. You only have two wheels. If one locks up at speed, you will be in BIG trouble!

    How to Change a Wheel Bearing on a Chevy Truck. Before you try to change a wheel bearing on a Chevy truck, check your owner's manual to see if the wheel bearings are sealed. If this is the case, you should take your vehicle to a certified mechanic for bearing maintenance. Otherwise, you can change the wheel bearings yourself. These instructions are specific to the front wheels on a two-wheel drive truck but are also a general guide to replacing any wheel bearings on a Chevy truck.

  • Customers may sometimes be required to pay miscellaneous expenses in addition to charges for parts and labor. Some shops require customers to pay a disposal fee for fluids and used parts. Still others assess customers a fee for shop rags. There could also be an additional charge for grease, as a great deal of this lubricant is needed when replacing wheel bearings. In some areas, mechanics may be required to add sales tax to the final bill as well. When trying to determine the cost of wheel bearing repair, it is best to get a written estimate that includes these miscellaneous charges. That way, you can prevent having a final bill that is significantly higher than what you originally anticipated.

    These wheel bearings function well despite all the heat and friction that it encounters. You can extend their lifespan a little by providing proper maintenance and lubrication but you should know that you will still need to replace them in time. Here are some of the signs to watch out for if you are having second doubts about replacing your wheel bearings. Check out this web link , for more ideas about wheel bearing replacement.

     
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    This Article May Also Apply To Full-Size GMC and Chevy K1500 Pick-Ups, Chevy Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukon

     

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    The axle nut is loosened while the car is on the ground. The vehicle is raised, the wheel and brake caliper moved out of the way, and the axle nut is removed. The front hub bolts are removed and the hub is pried away from the steering knuckle. The ABS sensor wire is disconnected and the new hub is installed.

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    Skill Level: 3-4 (Intermediate to Advanced) Time Taken: About 4 Hours

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    The axle nut is loosened while the car is on the ground. The vehicle is raised, the wheel and brake caliper moved out of the way, and the axle nut is removed. The front hub bolts are removed and the hub is pried away from the steering knuckle. The ABS sensor wire is disconnected and the new hub is installed.

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    Skill Level: 3-4 (Intermediate to Advanced) Time Taken: About 4 Hours

    Checking hub bearing assemblies if they are in need of repair or replacement is a lot simpler. All you need to do is place you hands at positions 9 and 3 while spinning the wheel and listening for wheel bearing noises. Proceed if you don’t find anything out of the ordinary. The next step is to wriggle the wheel in a rocking motion after putting your hands at 12 and 6 positions. If the free play that you observe is much greater than one eighth of an inch, you are dealing with a serious problem and you will need to replace your wheel bearing as soon as you can.

Replacing an Accord Wheel Bearing - EricTheCarGuy

Diagnosing a wheel bearing noise is not easy; it is often mistaken for tire noise, and trying to decide which one of your car wheel bearings is making the noise is perplexing. I believe this is why a lot of mechanics recommend the customer replaces both wheel bearings, because they are not sure which one has failed.