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This is a discussion on Front wheel bearing within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; Pretty sure I need a new one, I know it's a sealed assembly hub blah etc, question is should I ...

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    Front wheel bearing

    Pretty sure I need a new one, I know it's a sealed assembly hub blah etc, question is should I drop $180 on a new one or try to get one off a part-out.
    Mines a '99, did anything change from year or would any off 98-02 fit.

    Damn thing is noisy as ass

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    Play it safe and buy a new one. You'll be better off afterward.

    EDIT: As far as I know, there weren't any changes between 98-02. I could be wrong though.

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    New is better, but a used one would be ok also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    New is better, but a used one would be ok also
    Agree. The nice thing about front wheel bearings is that they usually give you a nice audible warning when they are starting to go.

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    Finally got some time to take the wheel off, everything I yanked on didn't make a squeak but this looks like it could be the problem.



    coming off the steering rack, technical name for that? Part #?

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    It's your outer tie rod. Could have dirt and grit inside the boot as it is torn, but it would only be noisy while in motion (turning the steering wheel) or over bumps if it is worn. Any play indicates wear. A wheel bearing will generally make noise while cornering in one direction. Do you need to know how to fix it?

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    It's got a little play in it, seems like the cheaper thing to fix. Kind of ruling out bearing for now, as it's no other noise then an annoying squeak. Replacing it seems pretty straight forward. Just gotta find the # for a new 1, looking now for it.

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    Replacing an outer tie rod is easy. Count how many revolutions it takes to unthread it from the inner tie rod and thread the new one on the same number (i.e. 20 revs off, thread the new one 20 revs back on). But you're not gonna wanna drive any further than 10 miles until you get an alignment. So replace it and drive directly to the nearest shop for and alignment.

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    PB blaster you're my only friend.

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    ^^^having troubles?

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    A bit lol. Think the problem was I wasn't drinkin a beer while workin on the bird.

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    That's definitely a problem. Lets us know if you need any other help

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    hell, I'll just offer it. Using a propane torch on the tie rod nut helps loosen up the plastic lock. Once you get that off, smacking the spindle right below the tie rod with a BFH helps dislodge the taper fit of the tie rod to spindle

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    3hr pb soak. 5 beers, 3 shots of Jack, can't get the fucker to budge. Gonna work on the whiskey tonight, tie rod tomorrow lol

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