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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-04-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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front hub bearing replacement ??

06 equinox AWD ... Groaning noise coming from front (I think) . 72000 miles, and car needed tires anyway. It sounded like a tire noise to me and seemed worst at 40 - 50 MPH. New tires did not help. One guy told me front hub bearings...common on Equinox. Never looked at the car, said he knew what the problem was just by my description and having done several 'Nox's already. Any help out there is much appreciated. Considering doing it myself in the driveway. Difficult ? Special tools needed ?
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Re: front hub bearing replacement ??

Well firstly, should make sure that the hub bearings are indeed the problem.
Since you mentioned that you would like to DIY, I'm assuming you have some common tools at your disposal?
So easiest way to check bearing play is to jack up the wheel in question to take the weight off and conduct quick movements with the wheel in both vertical and horizontal directions. If the bearing is gone you will feel the free play through the wheel - make sure of course that your tie rod end is not creating the play in the wheel.

Only 'speciality' tool I can think of of hand, is the correct socket size for the axle nut as it is most likely over a 1 inch size socket so common socket kits don't go that large normally.

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Re: front hub bearing replacement ??

I can't add any technical help for the replacement itself, but I've been told in the past that if you have one bad wheel bearing...go ahead and replace the one on the opposite side as well. Sounds logical to me..

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Re: front hub bearing replacement ??

If you end up doing it yourself you might not have all of the proper tools. The large socket for the axle nut (could be a metric size such as 33 or 35), and a large torque wrench to reset the axle nut. I believe you might be using some torque values over 100 foot pounds, if not nearer 200 or so.

You can "rent" these tools at many auto parts stores by leaving a deposit when you pick them up. The deposit usually is the cost to replace the tools if you don't bring them back. When you do return the tools, you get 100% of your deposit back, so the tools were a free "rental".

Good luck if you decide to do it, I've done at least a half dozen on various Grand Ams, Oldsmobile Aleros, and a Buick Le Sabre.

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I believe you might be using some torque values over 100 foot pounds, if not nearer 200 or so.
I can't recall either off hand, better to check the torque spec with your local Dealer joeblow55. [/color]

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Re: front hub bearing replacement ??

If this is a common problem in this particular vehicle (I have a 2010 Terrain), is GMC doing anything about it? I am being told both front hub bearings are out on my car and that it is not an unusual problem, even tho I have only 61,500 miles on the car.

Can anyone advise please??
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If this is a common problem in this particular vehicle (I have a 2010 Terrain), is GMC doing anything about it? I am being told both front hub bearings are out on my car and that it is not an unusual problem, even tho I have only 61,500 miles on the car.

Can anyone advise please??
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If this is a common problem in this particular vehicle (I have a 2010 Terrain), is GMC doing anything about it? I am being told both front hub bearings are out on my car and that it is not an unusual problem, even tho I have only 61,500 miles on the car.

Can anyone advise please??
What did you find out? Cost?

I have a 2010 Chevrolet Equinox that is having the same issue! It sounds like it is coming from the right front.

Why hasn't this been addressed? It's an obvious issue.

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Re: front hub bearing replacement ??

Had mine replaced in my 2010 Terrain at 140,000 km. Repair cost me $600 at Humberview in Toronto.

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Re: front hub bearing replacement ??

Hub bearing issues are common on all new positive offset vehicles which is nearly all of them. Todays cars use a sealed ball bearing unit vs the old stronger roller bearings they used to use. The reason Ball Bearings roll easier as they have less surface area and that makes for better MPG.

Rollers have a large surface area and generally nearly never wear out but they have more drag.

Changing them is not hard but they so take some special sockets for the hub nut. There are some good how to vidieos on the web that will give you an idea if it is in your skill range or not. Most change pretty much similar anymore but try to find one on a Nox or Malibu and it will give you the best idea.

Sometime one is bad some times two are bad just depends on how it was damaged. Ball Bearings have a small surface area and they can wear but just sliding into a curb in the winter is a enough to wipe one out and not the other. Check the play and it should be under .002.

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