Question about 2001 Pontiac Bonneville
Replacing a front wheel bearing on a front-wheel drive car is not usually very easy to do. Typically, you remove the tire and then remove the nut on the end of the drive axle. (The nut is usually pretty big - maybe 27mm as a guess. It's also very tight. The spec for this car is 120lbf, or roughly 2x as tight as a lug nut. If you don't have the right socket and breaker bar/ratchet/impact driver, go buy one.) Next, you remove the brake caliper and disk. You can then use a hammer/punch to free the end of the axle from the wheel bearing (you probably do not need to completely remove it, just budge it loose from the splines). Finally, the wheel bearing is usually just held in with ~4 bolts. If you've got the axle out of the bearing, it should come off fairly easily.
This job does usually require a few specialized tools, but is not too difficult. The hardest part is usually getting the nut off the axle and freeing the axle from the splines in the wheel hub. Just be sure to properly support the car with jack stands, because you'll be really tweaking on some of those nuts, and you don't want the car to be unstable.
Posted on Jul 19, 2009
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