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Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Wheel bearings allow each wheel to rotate. There are several types of wheel bearings used in cars: some require no maintenance; others can be disassembled, cleaned, and inspected for wear.

Failing wheel bearings develop excess clearance, or play. One symptom that may develop when the bearing is put "under load" is a distinctive growling noise that can be heard when the wheels rotate at road speeds.

To replace wheel bearings located in the brake drum or brake rotor, the wheel is removed, as is the brake drum or brake disc. The wheel bearings are replaced and packed with fresh grease. If the wheel bearing is an integrated part of the vehicle's suspension, the suspension or wheel hub may need to be removed to ease wheel bearing replacement.

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the front wheel bearings in a 1995 honda accord are pressed in and have to be pressed ouy and new bearing pressed in
there are no serviceable bearings on any pontiac grand am, the entire hub assembly must be replaced. the hub assembly is simple bolt-on bolt-off.