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Replacing hubs and bearings - any advice?

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by McClintoc, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. McClintoc

    McClintoc Active Member Staff Member 2 Years 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    In a couple of weeks I'll be replacing all my hubs and bearings on my 2001 Silverado 1500 2WD. Are there any tips or tricks I should know and, more specifically, are there any special tools I'll need? Everything is stock/OE.
  2. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Member 1 Year 500 Posts

    Timken or skf for brand of choice. As for special tools, you just need a socket big Enough for the spindle nut. There's is 3 bolts that hold the hub assembly on the spindle from the rear
  3. MAD JAX

    MAD JAX Member

    With all-due-respect to what's been previously recommended ~ Look a little deeper and You will find yourself weighing the cost-difference between those brands mentioned and what's being offered from the likes of "China", etc., @ sometimes more than 1/2 to even less-than 1/3 the cost...

    I've asked Parts Suppliers what the failure/return-rate is between "brands" and -- at least according to those I've spoken with -- "It's really not that much different..."

    That said, I'd rather support Our "American Made" economy over those of foreign Nations ~ but I also have to pay-the-bills at the end of the month, including those incurred for keepin' My wheels rolling...sometimes that's what I have to do in-order remain around to "Fight another day" ; )

    Perhaps Others here will chime-in with Their perspective(s)... : ?

    BTW ~ Be SURE to use a drop of RED "Lock-Tite" on the first few bolt-threads AND a known-accurate Torque Wrench on assembly ~ to insure BOTH: The recommended tightness of those bolts keepin' the Hub stayin' ON until the next time YOU want it off ; )
  4. BurbanMan

    BurbanMan Member 1 Year 500 Posts

    No disrespect taken. i can certainly understand needing to take it easy on the pay check. I've never had an issue with timken or skf bearings. Working in a parts house myself for 10yrs has given me a damn good perspective as to what's worth using or not. Autozone a valuecrap line is exactly that. I've never had anyone return them because there was nothing left to return, but ive certainly upgraded many of them came in complaining about them. Same for pep boys value line. I can't speak for oriellys value line as I never used them or knew anyone that did.
  5. reggiecab2000

    reggiecab2000 Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts

    been there on my truck, make sure you either have access to power tools, OR have a nice cheater/breaker bar handy, that was a huge workout for me when i did it.... leverage makes all the difference...
    oh and need i say..... dont strip the bolt heads :)

    scale of 1 to 10 difficulty of your project (10 being impossible)

    i respectfully rate this as a 3-4, even with no power tools...

    and somebody remind me to help this guy out... the GM brake caliper bolt is a T-55 correct? make sure you get that one torx socket, everything else is HEX head

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