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Old 09-05-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default Hub Bearings - 2003 Saturn Vue

I have an '03 Saturn Vue with nearly 90K miles on it. The rear hub bearings are humming, and the noise level increases with speed.

Is this something which I will have to visit the dealer to fix or can I take it to another shop? Any recommendations and approximate cost of this type of repair would be helpful.

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Old 09-05-2009, 02:13 PM   #2
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Most shops are set up to replace hub bearings (readily available on the aftermarket)

I would expect the repair cost would be in the $300 range per bearing.

All it takes is one bad bearing to make the Vue louder than a tank.

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Old 09-05-2009, 02:37 PM   #3
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No kidding. The noise is driving me nuts (literally).

I have used National Tire & Battery for oil changes, battery replacement, alignment, rotations, etc in the past. Should I trust them with this type of repair?

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Old 09-05-2009, 03:16 PM   #4
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I'd take it to the lowest-priced place that was half-way decent. It's not a high-tech job but usually requires shop tools to get the hub out.

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Old 09-06-2009, 02:52 PM   #5
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I, like most 2003 owners, have struggled with the issue hubs and bearing. The best solution is to replace the whole assembly. You can find it at RockAuto.

I though about a DIY, but I don't have the proper tools to do it. So, each time (3) I've let my local mechanic replace them. Costs are around $350, parts and labor (for here is SW VA).

I read a post one time about a owner that was determined to crack open the assembly and just replace the bearings. He succeeded, but it was longer than a one day project.

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Old 09-06-2009, 10:28 PM   #6
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VT, can you post a link to the part I will need? I have the name of a really good automotive repair shop, but want to make sure I order the correct part. Thanks!

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Old 09-08-2009, 01:30 AM   #7
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Do a search for the Timken hub assembly for your Vue. The part # will depend on whether you need front or rear, and whether or not your Vue has ABS. Rockauto.com seems so have prices that are hard to beat, but you can expect to pay about $95-$110 a piece, again depending on if you have ABS or not. This is for the part only, no labor or installation.

If you think you'll be driving your Vue for a long time, pay a couple extra bucks for the best quality part you can afford. After having two bearings go bad by 42,000 miles, I replaced all four hubs on my Vue with the Timken replacements. I've heard that the Timken's are better than the OEM bearings (I guess I'll let you know about 40,000 miles from now ), but this is the kind of thing you'll only want to have to deal with once, rather than using the cheaper part and experiencing a failure again this time next year.

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Old 09-10-2009, 11:48 AM   #8
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Timken is the OEM part. Check out rock auto or Autpartswarehouse both have good prices and price match each other. I have replaced 3 of my own (2 rear and 1 front), the rear is very simple without any special tools required. the hardest part is taking the rusted drum off of the shoes. Can be done in 2-3 hours for a first timer less than 45 minutes after that. The front is a different story with more specialized tools required and the front hub having aluminum corrosion issues.

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Old 09-10-2009, 09:21 PM   #9
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Is there a way to tell which one needs to be replaced? It is hard to tell even with the windows rolled down. Should I just bite the bullet and replace both of the rear ones?

Thanks for the help guys!

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Old 09-11-2009, 12:24 PM   #10
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Have someone sit in the backseat with the windows open (radio off) and drive at about 60-70 km/hr and listen for it. There are a lot of posts talking about driving in a parking lot doing s-turns. I can't remember which way something along the lines 'If you turn left and hear the noise and if you turn right and the noise goes away it is the right bearing' but you need to verify. Don't replace both unless you have to. Worst case you change the wrong bearing and reaplce the bad side with the bearing you removed. I did that once several years ago with my Chevy Corsica. it's alot faster the second time around

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