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Old 08-29-2008, 09:44 AM   #21
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Default Re: Changing a Front Hub/Bearing on an S-Series (with pictures)

I have everything off, except how do I get the axle out of the knuckle?

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Old 08-29-2008, 10:23 AM   #22
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Ok I just whacked the end and the knuckle loosened from the spline.
Is there anything I should look out for as far as keeping the alignment ok when reinstalling?

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Old 08-29-2008, 08:23 PM   #23
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Took the car for a test drive and the drowning sound didn't go away! All that effort and it did crapola arrrgh.

Thoughts?

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Old 08-30-2008, 06:21 AM   #24
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Not "drowning" but "droning" :to make a sustained deep murmuring, humming sound. Some reason it won't let me edit on this thread.

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Old 11-03-2008, 07:58 PM   #25
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Default Re: Changing a Front Hub/Bearing on an S-Series (with pictures)

After i press in the new wheel bearing, what would happen if i did not put the retainer ring (clip) back in for the bearing?

Since the bearing is pressed in, it shouldn't come out right? Is the retainer ring just a "precaution".

Am i crazy to drive it without the retainer ring in place?

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Old 11-05-2008, 10:03 PM   #26
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Is it really necessary to replace the hub as well if it's just the bearing that's shot? Or is there a possibiliy that the hub itself may go bad?

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Old 07-19-2009, 05:32 PM   #27
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your site is no longer valid? Trying to get wheel bearing off and it won't budge.

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Old 08-17-2009, 12:31 PM   #28
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Cannot get down load of pictures? Help!!!!

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Old 02-02-2010, 06:36 AM   #29
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Default Re: Changing a Front Hub/Bearing on an S-Series (with pictures)

heat the knuckle near the bearing with a torch. It will expand and lesson the grip on the hub bearing. Clean all the old rust off the inside of the knuckle, I wire brush with a drill.
Use heavy grease or antiseize on these parts when you put it together. We just did a Honda and the new ones after cleaning up just slipped together.

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Old 04-07-2010, 04:12 PM   #30
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Anyone know where to order just the balljoint dust boot for a 96 SL2??? I'm having no luck finding.

Update: I found THIS thread to be very helpful...including part numbers. Seems a generic boot is adequate for both tierod ends and balljoint. One tip was NOT to use pickle fork to separate lower control arm.. just use a crowbar or other instead:
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Use a long crow bar, wedge it on top of the LCA and below the sway bar.. then put a lot of force/stand on the end and it should pop the stud out.
PS: Nothing like a quick post to assure that hours of fruitless searching immediately morph into a search hit. LOL

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Old 08-13-2011, 12:30 PM   #31
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I don't understand why you mark the strut to knuckle mounting location with a marker. Won't everything align since the bolt holes aren't slotted? Or are the bolt holes slotted?

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:00 AM   #32
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Sorry, not on here very often, let me answer some questions...

1. To get the axle out of the hub, hold a piece of wood right up to the part of the axle that the huge 30mm axle nut screws onto, and hit it hard with a 2 lb. sledge hammer, or other big hammer. It'll eventually move back and forth enough to be able to push it through the hub.
2. Saturn recommends you change the hub and bearing at the same time, so they wear evenly, like brake pads and rotors. You don't HAVE to, it's just one of those "well, it's already apart, might as well" situations. It's only a little extra money.
3. Further down the first page is the directions that aren't linked to that site, pictures and all. Just scroll down a bit farther.
4. The holes in the strut are slotted, to allow for changes when you get an alignment done on the car. Therefore, just bolting the knuckle back in without checking can give you some pretty nasty alignment settings, to the point where it could affect handling and tire wear. Be sure you have an alignment done after removing the knuckle if you're unsure you have it in the EXACT spot it was.
5. Definitely install the c-ring that holds the bearing in. It can work itself out without that c-ring holding it in place. So yes, you're crazy. There's a chance your wheel could fall off.

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Old 09-22-2011, 09:15 AM   #33
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Just the thread I was looking for, thanks Twin Cam!

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Old 09-27-2011, 04:22 PM   #34
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All done, was pleasantly surprised at how well the ball joint came off without using a separating fork, just a 4' bar and a 3lb maul

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Old 11-07-2011, 01:00 PM   #35
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Am I blind or stupid or both that I'm not seeing the pictures that go along with these instructions? These steps are many more than I'm used to from other make/models and might be more than I can handle on my own. Pictures will let me know if I'm willing to go the distance or not.

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Old 11-07-2011, 09:35 PM   #36
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The original link in the beginning of the thread is no longer valid, but the post is repeated with pictures in message 17 further down in the thread.

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Old 11-08-2011, 09:01 AM   #37
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I can't see the pictures either. Not even in the post you mentioned. Not sure why. We're going to be changing mine in a week or two.

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:36 AM   #38
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So I'm not the only one not seeing pictures, specifically not seeing pictures in post #17. Or Chris Angel is running this thread and making me not see them. If this thread turns into a popcorn bowl, I'll know this to be true.

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Old 11-08-2011, 02:29 PM   #39
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Cool! Magic! That Chris Angel is the best I tell ya! lol

Thanks whomever, the pictures will really help.

Question though, when looking up the hub assembly at autozone for my '01 SC2, multiple tools show up at the bottom of the screen. Can those be used instead of paying $30 a pop to have the old bearing pressed out and then new one pressed in? If one of those loan a tools work, I'd rather do that. I haven't called a machine shop yet, just looked online at their prices, so I don't know if they charge $30 to press out and then $30 to press in or what. Just trying to be cost effective since I'm doing both sides of the front.

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Old 11-08-2011, 04:32 PM   #40
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ok, now I'm getting confused, does the '01 SC2 need to be pressed or not? I called around for parts, AZ and AA both say its a kit and the bearings need pressed. PB says its an assembly that comes pressed. If it comes pressed is this an easier fix than I thought? What steps from Post #17 can be eliminated? Does the knuckle assembly still come into play? Thanks for any assistance offered.

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