2002 Saturn SL1 replace front wheel bearings

Tiny
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  • 2002 SATURN SL1
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 124,000 MILES
Step by step for replacement of front wheel bearings. What is recommendation on hub replacement? Can I get a diagram or pictures? Prefer pay pal for donation>
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 AT 2:42 PM

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Tiny
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First of all thank you very much for your donation.I can give you the mitchell on demand instruction's but you won't like them there very vague.I'm going to warn you now replacing the front wheel bearing isn't real easy and you will have to rent and invest in some new tool's along the way. As far as replacing the hub as well in your case if part of the bearing is stuck on the hub when you remove it then I would replace the hub. For you to try to remove the race would be difficult with damaging the old hub. The best way for you to replace the bearing I think would be to do it on the car that way you don't mess up your alignment by removing the knuckle. So if your still willing to tackle this job let me know and I will give you a tool list so you can get them all ready to replace the bearing.
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 AT 3:06 PM
Tiny
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Depending on the recommended repair procedure I will replace the bearings, bearings and hub (a kit) get a couple of used knuckles out of the wrecking yard with new bearings in them, have the alingment shop do the job and on and on. There is no race to remove. The hub and bearing are separate components, it would be very very rare to have enough corrosion in seattle to cause a problem. This is a 1996 or so thru 2002 saturn sl. I would like the steps say one thru twenty to r&r the front wheel bearings. Have you ever replaced the front wheel bearings of a saturn sl? Alignment shop says bearings and hubs on both sides would be best. I am not going to take there time and not do business with them. Vague information and tools needed information is ok. Prefer solid information, pictures, written material describing exact procedure.
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 AT 4:30 PM
Tiny
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I have replaced a lot of saturn bearing's on all different kind's of model's I worked for saturn repairing car's for over 16yrs. You are right the bearing and hub are separate but when the bearing fail's sometimes when your removing the hub from the bearing the bearing come's apart and the race will get stuck on the hub. Even in sunny california where I live and worked for most of my saturn repair time.I have seen alot of bearing race's get stuck on the hub's.I will email what the direction's are from mitchell on demand the only place I have access to post information from.I need to know if your going to go to a junk yard and get the hub knuckle and bearing all together or would like to replace your old bearing with a new bearing. Because I will be typing you the instruction's by hand and the tool's and instruction's will be different. Also I would just replace the bad bearing and not both of them unless there both bad. That would be just a waste of money you only have 124,000 mile's on your car. Even on my own saturn's when a bearing went bad I just replaced the bad bearing. Why Don't we start with figuring out which front bearing is bad?Put the front of the car on jack stand's with the ebrake on and the rear wheel's blocked on a level surface. Then put the car in neautral then put one hand on the front coil spring then spin the wheel as fast as you can if you have a bad bearing you will feel it in the coil spring and sometimes hear it. Then go to the other to compare the two and to check the other bearing.
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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 AT 5:05 PM

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