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Old 11-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bearing Hub Assembly Replacement ?

All,

I have a 2007 Solstice and I need to replace the right front Bearing Hub Assembly. I can't seem to find any DIY tips on this site. I am hoping someone can give me a link on this job.

From what I could find elsewhere, it seems straight forward, but I would appreciate hearing from anybody who has done the job themselves.

I do have some specific questions:

1. What size is the front spindle ? (I will need to buy a socket.)
2. What is the torque spec for the spindle ?
3. I think the hub bearing assembly bolts torque to 85FtLbs. Confirm ?

Thanks to anyone who can offer some advice.

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Old 11-27-2012, 06:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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PM rlhammon, I know he has done a hub replacement and can answer your questions.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Remove wheel, caliper, rotor. There is no spindle. 85ft/lb is right.
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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This may help... hub (#19) held on by three bolts from the back (#12):

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Old 11-29-2012, 11:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 2007 and had to have mine front right replaced two weeks ago. Have about 52,000 miles on the car. Does anybody know of a problem with the hubs?
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Follow up - Job Completed

Since I started this string I decided I should post a message about the job I completed.

It was fairly straight forward, but I did run into a few minor issues.

First, I had a hard time getting the small torx screw out of the rotor. I tried using a small Allen Key, but it didn't budge, and I started to strip the inside of the screw head. I decided to make a quick run to Harbor Freight and pick up a set of Torx bits. That did the job.

Next, after I removed the screw, I couldn't get the rotor off the hub. The rotor was still in good shape so I didn't want to bang on it too hard. I tried to apply some rust-solvent, but it still did not budge. But then it hit me !! What was I doing ???

I decided to just take off the old hub assembly with the rotor still attached. Once I did that, I placed wood blocks (4x4) on the floor, and laid the rotor flat on them with the hub assembly towards the floor. Then I took a malet and gently tapped the lugs on the hub assembly until it at detached from the rotor. It worked great ! Reassembly with the new hub was no problem.

I would like to point out that I purchased a non-OEM hub assembly from Car Parts Warehouse for about $110. They claim it is equivalent to the OEM part, and it's about a third of the price. I know I am taking my chances, but so far, so good. With the new hub assembly, my vibration problem has been eliminated, and I probably saved about $500-$600 doing the job myself.

I hope this helps someone else.

Thanks for all your input.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the followup!

Yeah, you can't fudge a torx bit, glad you stopped in time

You should be pretty safe with the replacement part, it's good to know that's available (I bought one used for about $60 for the same reason (the retail price)). I might go that route instead.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:58 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Since I started this string I decided I should post a message about the job I completed.

It was fairly straight forward, but I did run into a few minor issues.

First, I had a hard time getting the small torx screw out of the rotor. I tried using a small Allen Key, but it didn't budge, and I started to strip the inside of the screw head. I decided to make a quick run to Harbor Freight and pick up a set of Torx bits. That did the job.

Next, after I removed the screw, I couldn't get the rotor off the hub. The rotor was still in good shape so I didn't want to bang on it too hard. I tried to apply some rust-solvent, but it still did not budge. But then it hit me !! What was I doing ???

I decided to just take off the old hub assembly with the rotor still attached. Once I did that, I placed wood blocks (4x4) on the floor, and laid the rotor flat on them with the hub assembly towards the floor. Then I took a malet and gently tapped the lugs on the hub assembly until it at detached from the rotor. It worked great ! Reassembly with the new hub was no problem.

I would like to point out that I purchased a non-OEM hub assembly from Car Parts Warehouse for about $110. They claim it is equivalent to the OEM part, and it's about a third of the price. I know I am taking my chances, but so far, so good. With the new hub assembly, my vibration problem has been eliminated, and I probably saved about $500-$600 doing the job myself.

I hope this helps someone else.

Thanks for all your input.
Well at least the "wheel bearing" part is contained in that hub that is bolted on by the 3 bolts. On many cars where the wheel bearing is pressed into the hub, you'd need a shop press, which most home mechanics do not have. I bought a small shop press with a few press cups when I started doing transmission rebuilds years ago, and haven't had to pay a shop to press in/out a bearing in a long time now. Was pretty cheap too.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:22 AM   #9 (permalink)
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what size is the torx? (I'm gonna do mine in a couple of weeks)
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:22 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Source one is listing hubs for $175

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listing here for a pair of hubs for $225

2009PontiacSolsticeWheel Hub Assembly Kit Parts from Buy Auto Parts

I called and they said that they are a "house brand" I still am curious who makes them, in that I am fairly certain that they don't make their own parts, and that carpartswarehouse.com has the exact same deal. I'm sure if I were to dig around some more, I could find more resellers with the same part, but whatever the case, it sounds like a good deal. or at least a good price.

update: I looked anyhow

http://www.carsteering.com/addtocart.../92-90065.html

http://www.autopartspoint.com/autopa...embly_Kit.html

http://www.carpartswarehouse.com/parts/92-90065_2H.html

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Old 12-07-2012, 07:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Now I eed to replace left hub assembly

Was doing a brake job on my 2007 GXP and noticed that the left hub assmbly need to be replaced. The dealer replaced the right one two weeks ago and charged me $514.49 for the hub not including labor. Boy did I get ripped off.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I just got my hub assemblies today, I ordered them on tuesday or wednesday (thick headed can't remember).

got 'em from buyautoparts.com $225.00 for the pair not tax, free shipping.

as soon as my aching abdomen will allow, I'm gonna install them.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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From what I remember the Torx bit was a T27 size. But do yourself a favor, just buy the full set. I got mine at Harbor Freight for around $10.
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Let us know your assessment of the quality of the "house" brand parts please.
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