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09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

So my 09 is out of warranty and my front drivers side wheel bearing is making a pretty bad sound. I picked up a new timken bearing, but does anyone have access to a repair manual or GM's instructions for replacement?

I know the gist of it (replaced one on my previous car) but torque specs etc. would be nice.

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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

Depending on your mileage the powertrain warranty covers the wheel bearings, not bumper-to-bumper. If you are out of powertrain then I can get the instructions on how to replace it.

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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

I don't know why I didn't think of that, but I am still under 100k. I'll give the dealer a call today, thanks!
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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

dumb question, I'm looking to replace my pads and rotors all around. Is the hub/bearings part of the rotor assembly (as in, I will have to replace them too) or can someone fill me in on how that works?

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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

The rotors are separate from the hubs/wheel bearings. To be sure, though, contact your auto parts dealer. You may also want to check around online. You might be able to score some slotted and/or drilled rotors for about the same price as stock flat irons. The slotting/drilling allows the gases created during stopping to vent more efficiently, and help with cooling.


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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

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dumb question, I'm looking to replace my pads and rotors all around. Is the hub/bearings part of the rotor assembly (as in, I will have to replace them too) or can someone fill me in on how that works?
No question is a dumb question if you learn something from it. The rotors are separate from the hub assembly. It is really easy to do brakes on the malibu. Don't forget to pump the brakes afterwards, I have seen some bad things happen when people forget to do that.

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No question is a dumb question if you learn something from it. The rotors are separate from the hub assembly. It is really easy to do brakes on the malibu. Don't forget to pump the brakes afterwards, I have seen some bad things happen when people forget to do that.
Thx .

That is awesome news btw. The main reason I asked is because before this, I had a Saturn Ion Redline, and the front hubs/bearings were all part of the rotor. It was a pain to change out the front rotors on that thing. Good thing this one is easier to do....

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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

Last of the dumb questions. What size is the socket needed to get off the rotors? I'm thinking 35mm?

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If you can drive the car, go to AutoZone. They'll loan you a tool for free. All you have to do is "buy" it with your credit card and then return it for a full refund. They don't do it on new tools, only on their loaner sets. I also borrowed a 1/2" drive breaker bar. Did a friend's 2001 Impala hub/bearing and that made it a cinch!


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Re: 09 Front Hub/Bearing Replacement

Darkvette, to get the rotor off, and only the rotor, you don't need to take the spindle nut off. I know on some cars where the hub and bearings are part of the assembly you have to, but in this situation just remove the wheel, remove the caliper (make sure you hang it from the suspension with thick wire), remove the caliper mount bracket, and then you should be able to get the rotor off. Basically the rotor is held on by the wheel which is held on by the lug nuts.

Don't forget to use some brake cleaner for the new rotors to get any machining grease off, and make sure you get the hub clean and free of rust before you put the new rotor on.
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