2003 Buick Rendezvous



April, 6, 2009 AT 8:49 AM

Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2003 Buick Rendezvous 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 79000 miles

I would like to change my front wheel hub assembly myself. What are the steps to replace the hub assembly?


5 Answers



April, 6, 2009 AT 7:35 PM

Wheel Bearing/Hub Replacement - Front

Tools Required
J 28733-B Front Hub Spindle Remover
Removal Procedure

Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
Remove the tire and wheel.
Disconnect the wheel speed sensor electrical connector.
Remove the wheel speed sensor electrical connector from the bracket.
Remove the wheel drive shaft nut.
Remove the brake rotor.

Install the J 28733-B to the wheel bearing/hub.
Use the J 28733-B in order to push the wheel drive shaft out of the wheel bearing/hub. Caution: These fasteners MUST be replaced with new fasteners anytime they become loose or are removed. Failure to replace these fasteners after they become loose or are removed may cause loss of vehicle control and personal injury.

Remove and discard the wheel bearing/hub bolts. Important: Ensure that the wheel drive shaft outer seal (boot) is not damaged.
Remove the wheel bearing/hub.
Installation Procedure

Install the wheel bearing/hub. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
Install NEW wheel bearing/hub bolts.
Tighten the new wheel bearing/hub bolts to 130 Nm (96 ft. lbs.).
Install the brake rotor.
Install the wheel drive shaft nut. Important: Ensure that the connector clip engages the bracket properly.
Install the wheel speed sensor electrical connect to the bracket.

Connect the wheel speed sensor electrical connector.
Install the tire and wheel.
Lower the vehicle.



June, 23, 2009 AT 3:01 PM

I got down to the part where you start using the J 28733-B and got scared.
They don't tell you to remove the 3 bolts that hold the bearing/hub on.
When and how do I remove these bolts and are they ones they must be replaced?



June, 23, 2009 AT 4:26 PM

The step after installing the special tool involves removing the three bolts. GM recommends replacing the bolts, but it is perfectly fine to reuse them if you apply some loctite to them.



June, 23, 2009 AT 5:02 PM

Good to know about the loctite.
The step after install but not using the tool?
How to I get at the bolts I cant get a tool behind the thing the hub is mounted to.
The only thing I can think of is to disconnect it from the shock while using to tool and to comply remove the entire assembly that's shone in the last image you have.



June, 23, 2009 AT 8:45 PM

Use a long handle 3/8 ratchet with a 3" extension and a 13mm 6point shallow socket.

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