GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000

Front Hub and Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. The hub retaining bolts are accessible through the hole in the hub



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Fig. Remove the hub retaining bolts



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Fig. After removing the axle nut and the hub retaining bolts, pull the hub straight out to remove it



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Fig. Exploded view of the front hub and bearing assembly

  1. With the weight of the vehicle still on the wheels, loosen, but do not remove the front hub (drive axle) nut. This may require an assistant holding the brakes to keep the front halfshaft from turning. It is good practice to wire-brush the exposed threads on the outer CV-joint stub shaft and apply a generous amount of penetrating oil before attempting to loosen the hub nut.
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  7. Remove the brake caliper bolts and support the brake caliper to the side with a piece of wire. Do NOT let the caliper hang by the brake hose.
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  9. Remove the brake rotor.
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  11. Detach the ABS wheel speed sensor electrical connector.
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  13. Remove the 3 bolts that go through the steering knuckle from the back of the knuckle. Rust buildup may require a generous application of penetrating oil where the hub fits into the knuckle.
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  15. Remove the hub and bearing assembly from the steering knuckle.
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To install:

  1. Install hub and bearing assembly to steering knuckle while carefully inserting the drive axle through hub assembly.
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  3. Install hub and bearing bolts and tighten to 70 ft. lbs. (95 Nm).
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  5. Install the brake rotor.
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  7. Attach ABS wheel speed sensor electrical connector.
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  9. Install the brake caliper and bolts.
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  11. Install the washer and a new hub (axle) nut. To keep the hub from turning while the hub nut is being torqued, insert a drift pin through the caliper opening into one of the ventilation openings in the brake rotor. This should lock the assembly together. Tighten the hub nut to 185 ft. lbs. (260 Nm).
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  13. Install the tire and wheel assembly and tighten the lugnuts to 100 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
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  15. Lower the vehicle.
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  17. Road test the vehicle and verify proper operation.
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