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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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PM rlhammon, I know he has done a hub replacement and can answer your questions.
 

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Remove wheel, caliper, rotor. There is no spindle. 85ft/lb is right.
 

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This may help... hub (#19) held on by three bolts from the back (#12):

 

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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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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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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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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/2009_Pontiac/Solstice/Wheel_Hub_Assembly_Kit/92-90065.html

http://www.autopartspoint.com/autoparts/Pontiac/Solstice/Wheel_Hub_Assembly_Kit.html

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

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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:cryin:.
 

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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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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.
uh, they are heavy and shiny...

Seriously, not having used hub assemblies like this before, I can tell you that they feel solid, I am able to turn them, and they don't make any noise. and hopefully there are going to be some pictures with this post.







only took a few tries to get the pics on here, the last one has what could be a part # or something similar from the manufacturer, if someone has a timken or whatever laying around perhaps they could compare that, and when I take my old ones off I will certainly check.

If you'd like to see the assembly in some other alluring pose, just ask, I'm sure it would be willing. :yesnod:
 

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uh, they are heavy and shiny...

Seriously, not having used hub assemblies like this before, I can tell you that they feel solid, I am able to turn them, and they don't make any noise. and hopefully there are going to be some pictures with this post.







only took a few tries to get the pics on here, the last one has what could be a part # or something similar from the manufacturer, if someone has a timken or whatever laying around perhaps they could compare that, and when I take my old ones off I will certainly check.

If you'd like to see the assembly in some other alluring pose, just ask, I'm sure it would be willing. :yesnod:
LOL

Thanks for the in depth review.

I was thinking more about after you get a couple thousand miles on them and the wheels dont fall off.:willy:
 

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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 hate unitized hubs!

Try finding them in 20 years if they weren't used on a lot of models. The hubs for the 88 Fieros are around $400 now and almost impossible to find (although Chinese replacements are easy - and inferior).

Hopefully the Kappa hubs are common to more than just the Kappas - anyone know for sure?

And you don't always need a press to replace separate bearings. There is normally a cut out in the seat to allow you to use a small drift to remove them, and a normal installation tool, not a press is sufficient for reassembly - done tons of them on all sorts of different cars.

Where you do need a BIG press is getting certain kinds of hubs off a splined shaft. Put 14 tons on one wire wheel axle once to break it free.
 

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Hopefully the Kappa hubs are common to more than just the Kappas - anyone know for sure?
I'd answer that question WITH a question... How many different GM cars have the same bolt spacing as ours? Answer: bugger-all.

I did try Google and eBay searches on "FW280 bearing" all I got back were Kappa's :(
 

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All my research says these are just for us.

Hopefully these don't suck, and then are still available when I make that decision so I can buy more and put them on a shelf.

after I get the old ones off I'm gonna see about getting them repacked also, if that is even doable, just because I like making my life difficult.

I am no stranger to having a car with hard to find parts being a former Subaru SVX owner, I seem to seek out cars that are destined to be a problem for me.
 
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