2001 Buick Century Rear wheel bearing

Tiny
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2001 Buick Century 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

Have drum brakes on the rear. I have the shoes off and the four bolts that hold the hub on, but I can't get the hub assembly off. Are there other things that hold it on that I am missing?
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 11:30 AM

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Tiny
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Hello -

Is this the information you are looking for?


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Important: The wheel bearing in the rear wheel hub is integrated into one unit. The hub is non-serviceable. If the hub and/or bearing is damaged, replace the complete hub and bearing assembly.

Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
Remove the tires and wheels. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.
Remove the rear caliper and bracket. Refer to Brake Caliper Bracket Replacement - Rear in Brakes and Traction Control.
Remove the brake rotor. Refer to Brake Rotor Replacement - Rear in Brakes and Traction Control.
Remove the ABS electrical connector from the wheel speed sensor (1).


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Remove the rear wheel hub and park brake assembly.


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Remove the park brake lever bracket (8).
Remove the park brake actuator (6).

Installation Procedure


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Install the park brake lever bracket (8).
Install the park brake actuator (6).


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Install the rear wheel hub and park brake assembly to the knuckle. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
Install new rear wheel hub-to-knuckle bolts.
Tighten the hub mounting bolts to 75 Nm (55 ft. lbs.)


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Install the ABS electrical connector from the wheel speed sensor (1).
Install the brake rotor. Refer to Brake Rotor Replacement - Rear in Brakes and Traction Control.
Install the rear caliper and bracket. Refer to Brake Caliper Bracket Replacement - Rear in Brakes and Traction Control.
Install the tires and wheels. Refer to Tire and Wheel Removal and Installation.
Lower the vehicle.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 11:54 AM
Tiny
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I have this page already. It shows disc brakes instead of drum. Is there any difference? I have beat on the hub with a hammer to try to get it off, but it doesn't even move.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 12:03 PM
Tiny
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Hello -

I don't show a difference. Have you sprayed penetrating oil and let it sit? Is it corroded bad?

In my diagram it just looks like the 4 bolts are holding it on. Again, is it just corroded really bad?
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 12:09 PM
Tiny
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The four bolts (nuts) you removed just hold the backing plate to the axle. To remove the hub, you have to knock out the large center cap from the hub. Under this cap will be a cotter pin and a castle nut. Remove the pin and castle nut. This will expose the outer bearing. Give the hub a "rap" and the outer bearing will pop out, remove outer bearing and screw the castle nut back on the axle shaft without the cotter pin. Give the hub a sharp pull outward, and the inner bearing and seal will remain on the shaft. When reassembling, be sure not to over tighten the new bearings with the castle nut.
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 12:11 PM
Tiny
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No. I haven't tried penetrating oil. Can't tell if it is corroded - to much old brake dust! I'll assume it is though since it has 162,000 miles on it. I'll try that. Thanks for the info. Hope you and your family had a nice Thanksgiving too!
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Friday, November 28th, 2008 AT 12:13 PM

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