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Hi,

Just bought an Equinox 2007 and I wonder to know if I have anything special to take care of with this vehicule. It's a LS model with the 3.4 engine.

Another question, do the wheel bearings come with the hub as a complete assembly as earlier GM models ?

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Pascal
 

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yes the bearings are a complete assembly....just changed mine out.....under warranty....thank god.....the bolts are a major pain.....three bolts hold it in, and the top one is right under where the strut attaches to the spindle......impossible to get out.... on lift, sure its possible, but not in a driveway.....i tried myself (id rather do it), but gave up, returned my hubs, and took it in the shop....

the hub/bearing do tend to wear out fast on the nox.....havent read of any other major issues that can be linked by poor design other then that.....
 

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gar187er said:
yes the bearings are a complete assembly....just changed mine out.....under warranty....thank god.....the bolts are a major pain.....three bolts hold it in, and the top one is right under where the strut attaches to the spindle......impossible to get out.... on lift, sure its possible, but not in a driveway.....i tried myself (id rather do it), but gave up, returned my hubs, and took it in the shop....

the hub/bearing do tend to wear out fast on the nox.....havent read of any other major issues that can be linked by poor design other then that.....
Wow..your post had me alarmed until I noticed you have an 05 Nox. :D And yeah I think GM pretty much had the brand new model kinks worked out by 07....which year had the leaky rear hatch seals?
 

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alarmed? ummm not like i said the engine would fall out (early 90s saturn sc1/2's)


also you are aware that the bearings are the same throughout the years on the first gen? right? model year doesnt matter, the bearings on mine are the same design, same p/n....

05's and some 06's.....never had an issue with my rear leaking though....
 

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Am I to understand that replacing the rear bearing/hub assembly is a total pain?

My wife has a 2006 LT FWD but for some time now we've heard to me what sounds like a worn out bearing noise coming from the rear driver side of the car. My wife thought it might be the tires and the wear was a little funny, like the had been poorly rotated, so I thought well we need new tires and that's a lot easier than diving in to replace bearings so lets do it. Well, brand new Uniroyals on and guess what, the noise is slightly less but still there and as expected it gets louder as the speed of the car increases (bearing right?). I've explained to her we need to replace that bearing because things will just get worse and it could, very low chance, seize up and create a heck of a problem at freeway speeds.

I'm not a mechanic, but I have worked on my own cars since I was 15 (now 38) and I'm wondering how much of a PITA this going to be? I've read a service manual (found a link on this forum to download it) and it was the worst written manual I've ever seen! Basically told me nothing other than there would be 3 bolts holding the rear hub assembly on...which seems wrong because the replacement parts I'm finding are showing 4 bolts holding the assembly on. If that's not good enough the manual says nothing about removal of the brake hub, wheel, e-brake, ABS wires, and God only knows what else. Now, I've done plenty of suspension work, even put my own lift kit on my 06 Tacoma. But even with my experience, I'd still like a heads up of what I'm about to get myself into.

Has anyone done a rear bearing/hub assembly replacement before? What are your thoughts and recommendations? Does anyone know of any online manuals available for download that are worth a flip? Has anyone on this forum ever done a write up on this job that you all could provide me a link to? Really any information that would be helpful to me with regards to completing this job.

Thanks to all in advance for your help!!
 

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Ok I think what I was looking at with regards to the hub assembly having 4 bolts but the service manual showing 3 bolts was a front hub assembly. On Advance Auto's website there were several hubs but only one with 3 bolts. So I'm thinking all the others were front hub assemblies and the one with 3 bolts is the rear hub assembly. Can anyone confirm this?
 

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Ok I think what I was looking at with regards to the hub assembly having 4 bolts but the service manual showing 3 bolts was a front hub assembly. On Advance Auto's website there were several hubs but only one with 3 bolts. So I'm thinking all the others were front hub assemblies and the one with 3 bolts is the rear hub assembly. Can anyone confirm this?
4 bolts on rear hub - see attached service manual procedure (also verified in parts book)
 

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Thanks Gmiemigrad!!

Seems like a very simple job. Hopefully I'm not over simplifying it in my mind. Looks like I could have it done in a couple hours thanks to my handy impact wrench and compressor! I love air tools....if only you could assemble with air tools! hehe
 

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I noticed that I have a front bearing that is starting to be noisy but not that much.
I don't know why but the same bearing, same part number is 200$ higher in Canada...
 
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