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Old 12-13-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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I have a question.....on the Vue, does a bad front wheel bearing cause noise transfer??
I'm getting a serious howl in the front end, and it 'sounds' like the driver side, but when I swerve to load up each side, the noise goes away when the weight is transferred to the passenger side. This tells me the bad bearing is that one.
I'm asking because when I had my SC2, the howl definately came from one side or the other.
Anybody have some helpful input? Also, I'm going to look into ordering from RockAuto, since the prices up here in the frozen north seem way too high.

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Old 12-13-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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Hey T-Cat what you could do is jack the vehicle off the ground and spin the suspected wheel while holding the coil spring or suspension part preferably coil spring, you could feel the grind feeling from the bearing
in the spring.
Try both sides or four wheels to compare.

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Old 12-13-2009, 12:33 PM   #3
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Anybody have some helpful input? Also, I'm going to look into ordering from RockAuto, since the prices up here in the frozen north seem way too high.
The front left went on my '07 recently at 28k mi. It sounded like the left side to me and the dealer confirmed it - replaced it under warranty. Unfortunately, I never did a lot of maneuvers to see how it affected the noise. I've also purchased 2 hubs for my '03 from RockAuto (I luv those guys!)

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Old 12-13-2009, 01:26 PM   #4
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Yes, bad hub bearings on the VUE definitely make a roar. They cost about $375 to get replaced at the dealer. There are different part numbers for ABS if you have that. It's always tough to get the bearing out of the hub. One good thing - if you let it go too long, the axle itself cannot be harmed like the old ones could. The hub assembly is splined onto the axle and the outer race is pressed into the hub.

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Old 12-13-2009, 09:35 PM   #5
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My guess... a bad CV/bearing assembly. I have been through three failures of the CV/bearing assembly.

1saxman has it right for the parts and repair price.

I would not suggest you put it off. I did once (years ago on a '86 Olds). The whole frackin' wheel came off while I was driving. Not one of my favorite memories.

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Old 12-14-2009, 04:19 PM   #6
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Gee Whiz Chazberry 07 with 28k miles !!!!!!!! Looks to me like they went with a worse supplier than they had before for wheel bearings and like VT Chemist says dont wait too long Ive seen bad things happen also
Maslack supply Ltd has front hub assemblies for $245.51 taxes in. when I did mine back in april 09 part #BCA 513189

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:29 PM   #7
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Gee Whiz Chazberry 07 with 28k miles !!!!!!!! Looks to me like they went with a worse supplier than they had before for wheel bearings and like VT Chemist says dont wait too long Ive seen bad things happen also
Maslack supply Ltd has front hub assemblies for $245.51 taxes in. when I did mine back in april 09 part #BCA 513189
Actually, the front right went on my '03 just a little bit past 30k mi.
You guys are paying about 2x what RockAuto sells them for down here.

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Old 12-15-2009, 03:51 PM   #8
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Just did this myself. Noise sounded like Passenger side bearing/hub assembly. After replacing, it didnt change the noise, but then, going and buying and putting one on the drivers side as well fixed the noise. All in all, its probably best to do both at the same time anyways. OReilly Autoparts here has them for around 160.00 each. Orrrrr, order from Rockauto, wait a while, and find out they sent you the one thats not for ABS. (Which I couldnt find on Rockauto, the bearing/hub assembly for a 3.0L L81 with ABS), so, the autoparts store was my answer. BTW, save yourself a LOT of trouble and rent a freaking flange/hub puller like in my previous post pictured.

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Old 12-18-2009, 07:57 PM   #9
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I don't have immediate access to a garage to put it on stands, but I am overdue for an oil change, so I'm going to use a friend's place to do that, and tackle the wheel bearing at the same time. Going to pick up a right front assembly tomorrow, and do the work on Sunday.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:52 AM   #10
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When I replaced the fronts on my '03, I HAD TO remove the whole strut knuckle assembly on each side and press the hubs out on a hydraulic press. It took practically all of my weight (190 lbs) to do that.

I don't know if the design changed from '03 to '04, but be forewarned that you could be in for a fight getting them free. Iron and aluminum more or less fuse together when they corrode in contact.

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:21 AM   #11
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When I replaced the fronts on my '03, I HAD TO remove the whole strut knuckle assembly on each side and press the hubs out on a hydraulic press. It took practically all of my weight (190 lbs) to do that.

I don't know if the design changed from '03 to '04, but be forewarned that you could be in for a fight getting them free. Iron and aluminum more or less fuse together when they corrode in contact.
Just replaced the drivers side on my 03 Vue, thing sounded like a propeller plane flying over head. What should have been a simple (R&R)Remove and Replace wasn't, the hub bearing was rusted into the aluminum knuckle just as you said. I farted around for an 1 hour in this NJ 20 degree weather, trying to break the hub from the knuckle. I gave up took off the knuckle and hub assembly and took it down to the local parts store in my town, the parts guy pressed it off for me for free. I'll get to the passenger side once the weather get warmer. BTW the non-ABS hub and bearing assembly cost me less than 120 dollars.

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Apparently I got really lucky.... I didn't have to replace my hub assembly until 140,000 miles.
That said, boy did it make noise! I had loaned it to someone for a few months, and when I got it back, it sounded like riding in a propeller plane! (Which someone else referred to also.)
After getting it fixed, and hearing how quiet it was after that, I'd guess it had been going out for a while though.

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Old 01-07-2010, 09:53 AM   #13
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First thing, man do we get soaked for parts here in the great white north. Picked up a hub assy for $275 from NAPA, SKF bearing.
Second, the idiot who designed putting steel and aluminum together needs a solid kick in the nuts.

Took me an hour and a half to beat it all free, and then another half hour or so of scraping all the corrosion off the knuckle....all that corrosion looked like a scene from Scarface!!!!!!

Anyway, now the sound is gone but not. For the most part it's quiet, but I still have a bit of a howl. If I turn slightly to the left (like changing lanes on the hwy) the sound goes away. Seems to me that both front hub assy's started to crap out about the same time. Now I need to scavenge up another chunk of change to do the L/S.
Stupid Saturn and weak bearings. My SC2 ate them up, but they were only $50 a piece.

*sigh* After this, I shouldn't have much of an issue with wheel bearings, right???? :P

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Old 01-07-2010, 12:09 PM   #14
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Thought you froze up in Winnipeg,Yes we get RIPPED OFF on parts here also. Its probably because there are not enough of these on the road and nobody wants to make the aftermarket parts for them.It used to be nice when you could change a $10 bearing instead of a $200 hub assembly or a $10 bearing instead of a $350+ hanger bearing.
This all came in when they started dropping weight from vehicles and figured it was better to change one part instead of numerous smaller part(s) great idea!!!
Yes save up for the other three bearings as they probably wont be long to this world a long with numerous other parts
Not wise on the engineers part to put steel and aluminum together on SUSPENSION parts just to save a couple pounds sure its ok for California
I read they had a recall on the 03-04 I believe Buick Rendevous for wheel bearing so why not these they are obviously a problem.

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