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Unread 02-09-2013, 08:25 AM   #1
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Wheel bearing, axle/CV question!

Well, it's time to replace one, probably two wheel bearings on my 08 KK. It's making a pretty good groaning noise now that's speed dependent. It goes away when I steer right, and gets louder when I turn left. In my experience, this has meant that the right wheel bearing would be bad. However, when I jacked the front end up, the left wheel had more play (12 and 6 o'clock positions, wiggle the wheel back and forth. Shouldn't have any play) than the right wheel. Seems like maybe it's time for both wheel bearings?


Which leads me to another issue. Obviously the axle nut has to come off to replace the wheel bearing. My axle nuts are so rusted, and the stud on the end of the axle so rusted that as I tapped it with a hammer (in an effort to get the rust off) the threads just started falling off haha. It was so bad you could hardly tell that the end of the axle HAD threads on it. If I can't get the nut off with the impact, I'll cut it off - wouldn't be the first time I've had to do that.

So, would it be better to grab the whole axle then to replace this one? Or can you just change the outer CV joint? Normally it's more cost effective to just grab a new axle, but I've never done the CV joint. Any suggestions here? Just grab a new axle? Thanks guys!

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Unread 02-09-2013, 09:03 AM   #2
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My experience with two other IFS vehicles is that it is cheaper to go with new axle assemblies.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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Replaced both my front hubs last week. You could shake it all you want, and there was no play. Just a horrible noise that I thought was everything but the hubs. Dealer took care of the work.
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Unread 02-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #4
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Should I probably go ahead and replace both oil seals on the front transfer case while I have the axles out?
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Unread 02-09-2013, 12:38 PM   #5
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Btw, I picked up both hub assemblies/bearings for the front off of www.rockauto.com for $10 more than what I paid for just one at Advance Auto.
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Unread 02-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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Btw, I picked up both hub assemblies/bearings for the front off of www.rockauto.com for $10 more than what I paid for just one at Advance Auto.
I bought a in cabin filter from Rock Auto and no issues and would of paid twice as much at Advance Auto.
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Unread 02-12-2013, 10:02 PM   #7
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Well, it's time to replace one, probably two wheel bearings on my 08 KK. It's making a pretty good groaning noise now that's speed dependent. It goes away when I steer right, and gets louder when I turn left. In my experience, this has meant that the right wheel bearing would be bad. However, when I jacked the front end up, the left wheel had more play (12 and 6 o'clock positions, wiggle the wheel back and forth. Shouldn't have any play) than the right wheel. Seems like maybe it's time for both wheel bearings?


Which leads me to another issue. Obviously the axle nut has to come off to replace the wheel bearing. My axle nuts are so rusted, and the stud on the end of the axle so rusted that as I tapped it with a hammer (in an effort to get the rust off) the threads just started falling off haha. It was so bad you could hardly tell that the end of the axle HAD threads on it. If I can't get the nut off with the impact, I'll cut it off - wouldn't be the first time I've had to do that.

So, would it be better to grab the whole axle then to replace this one? Or can you just change the outer CV joint? Normally it's more cost effective to just grab a new axle, but I've never done the CV joint. Any suggestions here? Just grab a new axle? Thanks guys!
For the CVs , Only use NAPA remanned or new, forget buying at Autozone and junk places like that
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