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Front hub replacement, '97 Exp AWD

Any particular issues replacing the front hub assembly?

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  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    replaced hub now have vibration that was not there before the replacement. starts at 50.. really bad at 70

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Remove wheel, calipers, drive shaft nut and I think that is about it. As best as I can remember. Hope that helps!

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