Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2000 Chevy Suburban V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 160000 miles
My tire rotation shop told me at the last tire rotation that my front wheel bearings are worn (have play in them) and need to be replaced. I was told the wheel bearings are sealed in an assembly along with anti-lock brake sensor and that the cost of the bearing assembly was approximately $350 per side for total cost of approximately $900 (includes labor) to do both sides. My question is can the bearings be replaced without having to replace the entire bearing assembly? Also is this a job that can be done by a do it yourselfer who has a good mechanical appitude?
First now these are a sealed assembly and yes one can do it yourself. You will need a 36 mm deep socket and breaker bar to start with. First remove the center cap and break the axle nut loose then the lug nuts then jack it up and support it and remove the wheel and then remove the axle nut and then the break caliper and support it off to the side and then remove the rotor. Now you will see a wire harness coming out of it follow it back and unplug it. Now from the back side there are 3 bolts on the inside that hold the assembly in remove those three bolts now you will need to work the hub assembly off it may be easier to rent a slide hammer puller, otherwise a good pry bar and hammer should work. Remove the hub assembly and put the new one in. Now the only thing to remember on putting the new one in is to route the ABS wire harness back in the same manner it was. This assemble should cost between 129 to 254 at your local parts store. Here is a pic of it so you know what you are getting into.
April, 3, 2009 AT 11:00 AM
My info is for the 2500, the database info is fairly basic. I don't see why you can't do it yourself. If the assembly is a press fit to the driveshaft, you may need a puller or equivalent to get it loose. If the front end alignment is affected, you may have to get it realigned. I can't think of anything else, right off hand that may give you a problem? Maybe some of the others will have something?
Oops, racefan966 beat me to it, I'm a slow typer.
July, 26, 2009 AT 11:05 PM
You can find a good set of instructions for replacing the hubs assemblies here: