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    Default 2004 4x4 silverado 2500 HD wheel bearing failure

    At 56000 miles, I lost my left front wheel bearing. Now, at 106,000 I have lost my right front wheel bearing.

    I have always owned ford diesel trucks. This is my first chevy. It LOOKS like it will very well be my last.

    I don't understand... out of the 20 or so ford pick-ups my family has owned over the past 50 years, this has never happened, wheel bearing failure.

    Fortunately, warranty covered the cost of the first wheel bearing that went bad. Dealer says he or General Motors will not cover lost of 2nd wheel bearing because it is a wear item. (I laughed outloud declaring it never a wear item on the FORDs I have owned or anyother Ford).

    Supposedly, I was told by the chevy dealer parts department that the part has been redesigned because the old part was designed improperly. Yet, the dealer or GM will not warranty the defective wheel hub.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS OR HAVE ANY USEFUL KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM?

    (another problem I had with this truck that the dealer would not fix was a defective weld in the driver door hinge which did not allow for the door to close properly. This occured at 30,000 miles)

    Thank you for your replys,
    buenavida

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    Welcome to the site.
    Sorry to hear of your problems. Mine has only 18K on it and no hiccups yeat so i'm not sure what advice to give you but there are many long-time GM truck owners here that may be able to help you out.
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    The door hinge can be a safety item and as such should be covered under warranty up to 50,000 I think. I hated it when they went from the bolted hinges on the old style to these welded hinges. Worst mistake they ever made.

    I am a professional welder and I don’t think I would even attempt to fix that one. Mainly because I would hate to get the alignment wrong.

    Sorry to here about your problems but wheel bearings on these frt. wheel, 4 wheel drive systems have been a problem for GM for years, I just replaced a set for one of my wife’s interns a couple of years ago on 01 Impala. The aren’t that bad to replace, but really should last longer.

    You can try checking here to see if they have list the bearings or hinges as recalls or defects.

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    Thumbs down GM wheel bearings

    Another first in GM customer satisfaction. Mine were both shot at 60K with 1/2inch of play you can't feel in the steering wheel. My son just lost his left one on an 03 with 52K. All not warranty items because of time or mileage limits. I replaced mine in Jan 08 for $440 for parts. I just ordered a left one for his truck for $250, prices have risen. They offer no explanation or excuse for this premature failure, they should be ashamed of the failure rate because they cut cost by going to this design rather than staying with cup and cone which as we all know last forever. I've always had Fords, but they too are having problems with the new diesels which necessitates nose and cab removal, which is a story by itself!!! Maybe next time Toyota but NEVER A DODGE

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    Welcome to the site!

    I traded a Toyota in when I bought my Silverado. All trucks have design flaws. My Chevy still rocks the house and wheel bearing issue or not, I will never grow tired of her. Even if I did buy a Ford, a design flaw would surface sooner or later. But depending on how much I like the truck in general, would determine keeping it or not.

    Sorry to hear the dealer is not helping you out with the second bearing. My Dad has a rear bearing going out on his 2005 HD and plans on taking it in for the warranty service so we'll see if they help him or not.
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    well, apperently we all are enjoying "like a rock" truck. with like a rock solid problems. no worry, GM gives rat's ass about your problems, some of their truck issues been going on for around 20 years without redesign or going for better quality. welcome to corporate america.

    anyways, i have replaced my driver side hub about 4 mths ago. it was $170 schucks part, plus virtually 20 minute labor. so it's not the end of the world.

    i, personally, and everyone i know, will never buy a ford. i had 2 and it was 2 too many. everyone i know with F150 hates those because of their terrible reliability. i, personally, would not have even ever considred a domestic, after happily owning many japanese makes, except that i got it dirt cheap and am being paid for biz mileage, so i don't give..... but no, though it fits my build very nicely, i will never again buy a domestic truck or any other car. in year of ownership, i had more repairs done to it than i had on 3 mitsubishes, 2 hondas, a toyota, scion, and lexus combined. and i am not lying.

    just out of curiosity - what is gay.com banner doing in truck forum? i always thought VW rabbit and mazda miata were gay. chevy silverado??
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    Quote Originally Posted by buenavida View Post
    At 56000 miles, I lost my left front wheel bearing. Now, at 106,000 I have lost my right front wheel bearing.

    I have always owned ford diesel trucks. This is my first chevy. It LOOKS like it will very well be my last.

    I don't understand... out of the 20 or so ford pick-ups my family has owned over the past 50 years, this has never happened, wheel bearing failure.

    Fortunately, warranty covered the cost of the first wheel bearing that went bad. Dealer says he or General Motors will not cover lost of 2nd wheel bearing because it is a wear item. (I laughed outloud declaring it never a wear item on the FORDs I have owned or anyother Ford).

    Supposedly, I was told by the chevy dealer parts department that the part has been redesigned because the old part was designed improperly. Yet, the dealer or GM will not warranty the defective wheel hub.

    DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS OR HAVE ANY USEFUL KNOWLEDGE OF HOW TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM?

    (another problem I had with this truck that the dealer would not fix was a defective weld in the driver door hinge which did not allow for the door to close properly. This occured at 30,000 miles)

    Thank you for your replys,
    buenavida
    Im a 90% GM guy, and ill tell you straight up, the previous ford diesel trucks you owned were better, hands down no questions asked, thats because they were international 7.3L powerstrokes, and thats the other 10% of me is a 7.3 diesel, but i mean i bet you cant remember how many times you replaced your center drag link, or even ball joints. Try getting in to one of the newer fords 6.0 diesels, yea right good luck youll have a rental more than the truck cus itlll be at ford all day, oil pumps, torque converters, oh and the best turbos at 20xxxkms. even the brand new 6.4l twin turbo diesels, i havent worked on them enough yet but theyre not looking to good. So yes you may have owned more reliable ford diesels in the past, but try it now, go back to ford and see how fast youll come back to just a wheel bearing.
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    I've had great success by contacting the regional GM customer service rep. I learned that keeping a cool head and not bashing GM in my conversations with them probably helped.

    Both times they worked with me to resolve my problems. They covered 50% of an engine rebuild for me even though it was over 15K miles past the warranty.

    In my cases, they wanted to see documented history of interval service and maintenance work to make sure the vehicles had been properly maintained.

    Might be worth a try. Good luck.
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    Default Front Hub Bearing _POOR DESIGN

    My 05 HD 4X4 went through both front hub assemblies after 37,000 miles and were replaced. At 69K they are about to be replaced again. The poor quality bearings combined with the poor integrated design and the lack of part knowledge of the design team is going to spend some time in a repair shop or garage replacing the integrated one-piece hub assembly (DUMB!!)

    Don't know who the design engineer that created this integrated one-piece hub assembly for a heavy duty pickup, but that individual and the approving design team should either be shot or forced to drive and service the vehicle their ineptness foisted on the public. What bunch of FOOLS at GM. Hopefully, those inexperienced people are no longer on the GM truck design team.

    Dynatrac has a Dana 60 straight axle replacement kit for the truck that would eliminate this stupid design. Otherwise your only option is buy a Ford (go Mulally) or a Ram. The GM 4X4 front suspension is a poor design and will not last the life of the truck.

    GW

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    Well could be worse, both went out on a truck that has never been abused at 61000 and the dealer just f@&$!ed me for 1400+ to replace. The ironic thing is the new one have a life time warranty.

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