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Front Wheel Bearings

Can anyone tell me how to get the front bearing assembly out of the wheel support bracket? I have all 3 bolts out of the flange but it will not budge. For anyone else trying to do this, I found that you can push the shaft in towards the engine to move the housing away from the bolt area to create a little clearance to get your socket on the bolts heads.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

the bearings are not a seperate piece, they are a part of the entire hub assembly and can only be replaced with a new hub.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

I had the same problem extracting both left and right front wheel bearing hubs on my 2004 Titan, one at 90k and one at 104k miles. Here in New England road salt caused corrosion between the bearing hub and the housing locking them in place. First thing I would try is backing out the three mounting bolts about three turns only, Take a short soft metal bar and hammer hit the bolt heads. hopefully this will start moving the bearing away from the housing. Unfortunately this method didn't work for me! The best way is to use a big slide hammer bolted to the wheel studs. I don't own that tool so I made my own puller. This is how I pulled the hub. Buy two long 5/8" x 8" steel bolts with nuts and washers, (You need the long threads at the ends of the bolts) With a hammer punch out two wheel studs, one on the top and one on the bottom removing them (I removed all the lug studs, Remember the bearing hub is junk) Drill out the top and bottom wheel lug nut stud holes to 5/8" or larger, inset the two bolts into the holes. On the back side of the face insert two or three washers and one nut. Rotate the outer part making sure the ends of the bolts make contact with the housing only not the bearing assembly. If I remember the top bolt is at 1 o'clock and the bottom is at 7 o'clock position. The bottom bolt will contact the disk brake splash guard and housing, It made a small dent in it, just bang it out after you remove the hub. With two wrenches hold the bolt head and rotate the nut counter clockwise apply pressure equally on both top and bottom bolts. If you run out of thread before the bearing hub releases add extra washers. This method pulled both wheel bearing hubs quickly.
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Hey Thanks guys! your feedback is much appreciated.

I got it off by heating the area around the hub a little with a torch then beat it out enough to get a steel wedge between all three bolt locations. By working the wedge in a little then going around at each bolt tab, it finally came off. Looks like the protector mounted on the shaft end that covers the inside of the bearing should have a rubber seal of some kind to keep dirt out of bearing, cuz they are easy to bend out of shape. Anyway got it done.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Hello all, just want to share something, it maybe helpfull for some one try to take the hub assembly off.
I got the noise came from front wheel, some one telling me I have to replace my bearing.
After I took the wheel, break, break Cal off, three nuts that hold the bearing assembly, can not take the hub off, it like bonding to the back.
A friend came over and showed me a trick.
Give them some WD-40 let it sit for a while, after that He asked me to put the wheel back in and shaking the wheel to loose the hub. The whole thing came out easily. (remember took the wire off before doing the shaking))
I have to replace the whole thing (bearing hub assembly).
Can not just replace the bearing.
Does some one know how to replace the bearing only when we have the hub out or we must replace whole thing?
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Does some one know how to replace the bearing only when we have the hub out or we must replace whole thing?
hub & bearing are sealed, integral unit - replace the whole thing




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Just completed the Right front hub assy . 2004 Big Tow Off road including beating the old one for about 20 minuetes the whole job was complete in 1.5 hours , Not to shabby for a 3 wrench mechanic.......
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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

I'm thinking my bearing is bad as well. How can I know for sure??? I have a really loud roaring coming from what sounds like the front left wheel. (Drivers side front). Its contant and increases at higher speed. Its sounds very dangerous. When I turn right it goes away. When I turn left it stays the same. That makes me believe that its wheel related. I have a 2007 2wd. with 206K Miles. What do you guys think. I want to do this this weekend but I would have to order the part now.
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I'm thinking my bearing is bad as well. How can I know for sure??? I have a really loud roaring coming from what sounds like the front left wheel. (Drivers side front). Its contant and increases at higher speed. Its sounds very dangerous. When I turn right it goes away. When I turn left it stays the same. That makes me believe that its wheel related. I have a 2007 2wd. with 206K Miles. What do you guys think. I want to do this this weekend but I would have to order the part now.
If it is one hub, you can usually turn the wheel hard at speed and hear the sound change.

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Yeah. At high speed if I turn the wheel right it goes away. Left it stays the same.
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Yeah. At high speed if I turn the wheel right it goes away. Left it stays the same.
Could be the right bearing. As you un-load the right bearing when turning right, the right one is the problem. I would change both or at least start with the right one.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

I'm not a fan of hearing this...I think one of mine crapped out, at almost 40k on the truck. How much are these hubs running?

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Re: Front Wheel Bearings

Ok guys here it is. I changed my right bearing and there was nO change. I almost gave up hope. But I went ahead and bought the left one today after work and bingo!!!! No I am an exPert at identifying a bad bearing. When you take your wheel and brake caliper off. Spin the hub assembly. If it makes any sound. I mean any sound. It's bad. The new one makes no sound and it's hard to spin quickly.

Here is another trick. Go to rockauto.com and print out the price of the hub with shipping. Then take it to autozone and ask them to price match. I did it both times at two different locations. It saved me $90 per wheel.

This issue is closed thanks for all the help guys.
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