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Old 07-31-2017, 11:28 AM   #1
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Default Bad Front Axle Bearing (Not wheel bearing) ?

Thought I had a wheel bearing go bad again. Turns out its the bearing on the other end of the axle, where it mates to the (front differential?). Passenger side. Shop says this part is no longer made (no surprise there) and that it must a similar part must be special ordered. At least they will have it by Wednesday.

Anyone ever experienced this failure? It sounded exactly like a wheel bearing.

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Old 07-31-2017, 04:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bad Front Axle Bearing (Not wheel bearing) ?

Cj,
Look here. I did a full write up on how to rebuild/replace that bearing, with all parts numbers and tools needed.
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=204332

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Old 07-31-2017, 05:17 PM   #3
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: Bad Front Axle Bearing (Not wheel bearing) ?

thats the axle intermediate shaft bearing assy? my new vue has a new pass side axle. and caliper. i didnt look to closely to see if the inner bearing assy had been touched. vue seems pretty smooth now.

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Old 08-02-2017, 06:41 AM   #5
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Cj,
I messaged you with my response already... Let us know how it turns out.


Cabell,

Those parts rarely go bad I have found... in fact, mine was not the issue at that point. So if you have new C/V axle and brakes, you should be fine. If it does go bad, my write up is the answer.

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Old 08-03-2017, 05:54 AM   #6
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Their first attempt did not go well. They called me yesterday and said it was still making the noise, and they had ordered another part to try again today. This is crazy to me. I own a 33-year old BMW that I can still get any part for. Why would this part be unavailable when it's so critical?

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Old 08-03-2017, 06:19 AM   #7
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Default Re: Bad Front Axle Bearing (Not wheel bearing) ?

It's hard to tell where a front wheel bearing noise is coming from. I too had replaced the passenger wheel bearing only to have the same noise as before. If you have AWD I would remove the driveshaft to make certain it's not drivetrain related. I checked the intermediate bearing by looking for slop or play and found nothing. Replaced the driver side bearing and the noise stopped.

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Old 08-03-2017, 06:58 AM   #8
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I am very lucky to have a shop willing to try. I feel bad for them though. No parts available? What is this, a 1967 Studebaker?

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Old 08-03-2017, 07:01 AM   #9
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It's hard to tell where a front wheel bearing noise is coming from. I too had replaced the passenger wheel bearing only to have the same noise as before. If you have AWD I would remove the driveshaft to make certain it's not drivetrain related. I checked the intermediate bearing by looking for slop or play and found nothing. Replaced the driver side bearing and the noise stopped.
I asked about replacing the entire CV shaft assembly. They said there is nothing wrong with it. Yes to AWD. Are you saying disconnect the rear driveshaft?

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Old 08-03-2017, 07:03 AM   #10
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Are you saying disconnect the rear driveshaft?
Yes, to rule out the center support bearing.

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Old 08-03-2017, 07:06 AM   #11
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Yes, to rule out the center support bearing.
I've replaced that part before. It's very different (sound) when that bearing goes bad, but it could be possible.

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Cj,
Did they actually find a matching intermediate shaft, or just swap out the bearing? If not the actual shaft, might want to take them my write up and have them follow the instructions. I will say though, my issue was actually not the intermediate shaft.... despite four or five different mechanics telling me that it was, My REAL issue was actually the center support bearing on the rear drive shaft, which all those same techs told me was just fine. So, try dropping the drive shaft and drive the vehicle without it for a while....you might be surprised.

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Old 08-03-2017, 10:49 AM   #13
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They just swapped out the bearing. Twice. Waiting on take #2 results. If still bad, I will have them drop the rear driveshaft and take it for a spin. I owe them nothing but a diagnostic fee, if that, at this point.

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Old 08-03-2017, 11:10 AM   #14
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And btw, I swapped the center support bearing not once but twice. The second time I had the driveshaft rebalanced as well. Unfortunately that shop no longer exists, so I'm out of luck with any possible warranty.

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So, they are now saying the bearing the took off is fine, and feel the issue is in the transmission. They also said the carrier bearing is fine as are the wheel bearings. So, is this car headed to the scrapyard?

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Too quiet in here!

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Drive it til it blows.

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Drive it til it blows.
Lol! Was thinking that. Not really but a little.

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Outside of this the vehicle is in very good shape. Would folks here consider fixing it? And up to what cost? I'm asking what you would do in my shoes.

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Turned out to be the DRIVERS side front wheel bearing. smh...

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