My 2004 2500HD has 82,000 miles and still has the factory wheel bearings. Only thing I have had to do to her was replace the water pump at about 72,000. One of the rubber o-ring seals between the pump and block started leaking. The pump itself was fine but I figured I may as well replace it if I had to remove it to get to the o-ring.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,
I had an 2004 F250 Lariat that went thru two left upper ball joints and two sets of brake rotors in the 50,000 miles that I had it. I really liked the looks and stance of that truck but the 5.4 was anemic and the solid axle front suspension made the truck ride like a buck board wagon.
Bottom line is that ALL vehicles have problems. If a wheel bearing is all it takes for you to abandon Chevy then you seem to be a pretty shallow person.