Would like the know how, on installing left and right front bearings on my vehicle listed above. Recent estimate (Firestone) complete job for $568.00. I believe I can do the job myself, with some guidance and save a hell of alot of money. Would appreciate very some input. Thank you.
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Re: Left & Right Front Bearings
The biggest problem you will have is breaking loose the axle nuts in your driveway with out an air gun. Pull the tire, Take the brake caliper off the braket, remove the caliper braket, remove the brake rotor,uplug the ABS wiring, be careful with that.,take the bolts out from the rear of the hub assembly and tap with a hammer to loosen it up and remove.Assemble and torque the new hub and axle nut to the service specs in the manual. I can get these for you if you want to attempt this but you will need quite a few special tools to do this.I don't know if you want to go there as I don't know your skill level.The price they gave you seems very reasonable for both sides. I hope this helps and if you need more clarification on this project feel free to pick my brain, Thanks , Dan
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Its probably the left side, not only because you replaced the right side, but because it changes on right turns. When you go into a right turn, the bearings on the left side are under more pressure and torque. The front hub bearing goes bad more often than the axle bearing, so I would expect it to be the left front.
This is usually a bad bearing. The tire is tilting to one side and causing uneven wear. The shimmy is because of the slack in the bearing and the contact the front rotor is having with the brake pad. Every time the low side comes around the rotor will hit the brake pad and grab it.
If it gets worse as you're turning right, but not left - Most definitely a wheel bearing on the right side. The right turn puts more stress on the right wheel - louder noise - turn left and release the stress - no noise. You can also lift the vehicle up on a jack and listen to the wheel and hear the bearing in the hub making noise.
20w-50 is alright if you are somewhere that is very hot, all the time-I'd go easy on the petal when it is warming up though, the oil pressure will be enough to encourage oil leaks.
Brake fluid goes into the master cylinder which is located directly in front of the driver, inside the engine compartment. It is up high, pretty much above mostly every thing else, just forward the firewall.
If your tires are making noise turning in one direction, it is usually low tire pressure on that side.
It is probably your right axle bearings. How fast are you going when you turn? When you turn left, the weight transfers to the right side and loads the axles. If you are on the smooth straight stretch of highway and gently turn left and right, but stay in your lane, does it do it? If so, it's bearings.
These Cherokees are prone to rear end problems. I have one!
I had similar problem with my 03 trailblazer. It had a low dull hum in the front end with a little vibration being felt in gas pedal. Noise increased over a couple weeks and was louder turning to the left and quiter turning to right. A GM mechanic friend of mine replaced the front right hub and took care of the problem. Hub was about $160 at Autozone.
You say the rear wheel axles and bearings have been replaced, you mention nothing of the front wheels, you have the symptoms of a front wheel bearing being worn out, remove them and check for pitting in the bearing rollers or the bearing races, I am sure you will find a problem. Hope this helps solve your issue with the bearing noise.