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Old 04-16-2012, 08:14 AM   #16
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ratherbefishin - thank you, I will do that!! I saw that one on amazon to for $35.........I will definitely look in to it!
marty1mc - good idea, didn't think of that one

Thank you for the help!

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #17
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I have posted this on a VW Vortex website as well, but figured I would get it out to the another forum in case I can get help here as well.

Recently, I went to my local auto shop and had them do an inspection on a Jetta, that I recently purchased. I was having them check the suspension and they came up with that I need to have the Wheel Hub Assembly replaced along with the bearings. Now he did say that my passenger side front hub is barely hanging on and he doesn't know how it's still on. I can only take the mechanics word for it.

Today, I attempted to replace the hub but got to a point that I needed to search online for the next step.

ANYWAYS.................I got to thinking. How do I know that my hub assembly really needs replaced? I went to the drivers side of the car and tried to wiggle the tire and it doesn't move a whole lot. It wobbles slightly but I am not sure how much wobble is TOO MUCH. When I drive the car, I hear no noises that would alarm me. I haven't heard any grinding or squeals or anything of the sort.
Can I tell "visually" if a hub is bad?

Here are some pictures of the hub assembly. This is as far as I got since I can't figure out how to remove it completely..........Can you see anything from the photos?
First of all, I can't open the picture. Sorry...

I had a '97 Golf for many years, and about 350,000 miles.

First of all, if your front wheel bearings are going bad you WILL know it! They'll whine and howl like nobody's business. The hub assembly will NOT, however, "be just hanging on" unless the axle nut has come loose and/or fallen off.

So... Is your car "howling" when you drive down the road? If not, it's not your front wheel bearings.


That said, if you've got wobble in your front tires, and it's not the wheel bearings, it's either your ball joints and/or your tie rod ends.
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First of all, I can't open the picture. Sorry...

I had a '97 Golf for many years, and about 350,000 miles.

First of all, if your front wheel bearings are going bad you WILL know it! They'll whine and howl like nobody's business. The hub assembly will NOT, however, "be just hanging on" unless the axle nut has come loose and/or fallen off.

So... Is your car "howling" when you drive down the road? If not, it's not your front wheel bearings.


That said, if you've got wobble in your front tires, and it's not the wheel bearings, it's either your ball joints and/or your tie rod ends.
Wheel bearings on FWD cars are all pretty much the same. The first stages, when the bearings are wearing on the races, the wheel will have play. Once the bearings really start to grind, there is usually a low rumble at speeds around 25mph and up. This can be verified by turning the wheel back and forth and listening. When the bearing is loaded, it will quite down. When it's being unloaded, turn in the opposite direction of the bad bearing wheel, the noise will return. After that stage, it begins to wear down quickly and will howl. At that point, the wheel is extremely loose.

I agree that a quiet bearing is not very likely to just fall out of the assembly. But, if it isn't howling, it doesn't mean it's not bad. I check my suspension on all my cars regularly. Before a long trip, I noticed my son's car 's drivers side wheel was loose. It was the bearing doing it. I changed both fronts to be sure he didn't have an issue on a 15k mile drive.
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I have been working with cars for over ten years, some front wheel drive bearings make noise when bad but are tight and some will be loose and not make noise. Best thing to do is support front end off the ground and feel for any thing loose like others have already said.
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FWD hub bearings aren't a 30 minute job even for a pro. I can do one in about an 1.5 hrs, but I have a tool to press out the bearing without removing the hub. It's called "Hub Tamer" and works well. It still takes a bit of time even with it.
really? how about 20 minutes 2000 Silverado 4WD? not all bearings are pressed in.
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really? how about 20 minutes 2000 Silverado 4WD? not all bearings are pressed in.
It's not a FWD. Silverado is RWD primary.
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really? how about 20 minutes 2000 Silverado 4WD? not all bearings are pressed in.
That's a hub/bearing assembly. It bolts onto the steering knuckle on 4WD Chevy/GMCs. On *most* front wheel drives the bearing presses into the steering knuckle. Completely different design.

I firmly believe that it is so easy to replace on those Silverado/Sierras is because it has to be done regularly.

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