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How to Replace Wheel Bearing Hub Assembly 97-08 Pontiac Grand Prix

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How to Replace Wheel Bearing Hub Assembly 97-08 Pontiac Grand Prix

Created on: 2010-05-08

This video shows you how you can replace the front wheel hub and bearing assembly on your 97-05 Pontiac Grand Prix and other front wheel drive GM vehicles.

  1. step 1 :Install the new hub
    • Get the top bolt started and hang the dust shield from it
    • Thread the ABS lead in and plug it in.
    • Bolt the hub in.
  2. step 2 :Reassemble the brakes
    • Put the disk on, followed by the caliper.
    • Bolt the caliper in and torque to 75 ft lbs.
    • Clip the ABS harness bracket on and plug in the connector.
  3. step 3 :Put the wheel back on
    • Have someone hold down the brakes and torque the hub nut to 100 ft lbs.
    • Put the wheel on and hand tighten the lug nuts.
    • Lower the vehicle and torque the lug nuts in a star pattern to 75 ft lbs.
    • Pump the brakes to recompress the caliper pistons

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Jack Stands

    Floor Jack

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Lug Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench


  • Sockets - Metric

    32mm Socket

    35mm Socket

    13mm Socket

    34mm Socket

    19mm Socket

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Brought to you by, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Hi, I'm Mike Green. I'm one of the owners of 1AAuto. I want to help you save time and money maintaining and repairing your vehicle. I'm going to use my 20-plus years' experience restoring and repairing cars and trucks like this, to show you the correct way to install parts from The right parts, installed correctly: That's going to save you time and money. Thank you, and enjoy the video.
Okay, this is part two of a two-part video, installing the hub in this '98 Grand Prix, and again, this hub fits all kinds of different GM vehicles, Buick, Cadillac, Pontiac, Chevy, Olds, everything from transport minivans to Cadillac Eldorado. Here's the list of tools you need for the Grand Prix. Really what you need is basically metric sockets from 13 millimeters up to 19 millimeters plus the large hub nut, which is anywhere from 32 to 35 millimeters, and then the rest of the stuff, and plus throw in there some penetrating oil and a hammer and rubber mallet.
Okay, so here's our new hub from 1AAuto, okay. Not only is it prettier and shinier, it's all in one piece, as it should be, as opposed to three separate pieces. If you kind of use your imagination here you can see that this is all the same. It's going to bolt up the same, and when I put it in there it's not going to make a big groaning grinding noise. Okay, so one thing I do prior to installation is put just a little bit of anti-seize on my bolts. Okay, if you just use some kind of penetrator, whatever, it just helps. Most likely this car won't outlast the new hub, so the next person, if anybody else has to take it apart, they'll be able to get it apart easy. If not, then I just sleep better knowing that I did it right.

Okay, so I'm ready to put my hub back on. Notice I put my three bolts kind of back in place, because as I slide the hub in, I'm just going to start them. Want to make sure we put this in, and I'm going to hang it up here with the middle one. Okay, and then the hub, okay, this piece you want down at the bottom. Okay, so put it, kind of barely start on here, and basically stick your I stick my thumb through, push the axle some. Push my connector through. Push the hub on some more. Kay, make sure my oops. Make sure my harnesses come through okay. It's not stuck on anything. Okay. Now, it'll be easiest to start one of these bolts down here. Start it with your fingers.

On the other side, push the hub in, start the bolt with your fingers. Okay, and now I'm just going to swivel the steering back and forth, and tighten up those bolts. Then I'll slow down the motion when I'm torquing them. Okay, now I'm ready to torque, I'm going to set my torque wrench at 65 foot pounds. I've got these kind of tightened up fairly evenly, so I'm just going to torque them one time.

Okay, so now that's parallel, so I'm going to put that, start that back in. Now, if you are working with hand tools, you can put the brakes back together, put it on with a wrench. I'm going to use an impact wrench to protect my hand. I'm going to tighten up. But I'm going to use a torque wrench as well. On, use an impact wrench. Again, you can wait and do this, if you have only hand tools, you can put your disc back on, put your brakes back on, have the assistant hold the brake pedal for you if you do this by hand, but I'm going to use a torque wrench. I'm just going to tighten it up. I'm not going to tighten it up all the way with a torque wrench. I'll tighten it until the torque wrench sounds like it's starting to work hard.

Kay, put my disc on, and I'm actually just going to put a lug nut on just to hold it in place when, while I put the caliper on. We'll cut this down. Kay, now that I have the caliper on here, I'm just starting to bolt the caliper in. I'm just tightening it up some with the impact wrench. Just to get them started. Okay. Then I've got my impact wrench set at 75 foot pounds. Okay. Take the lug nut off. Okay, just going to reach back in here, okay. I'm going to clip my harness back onto the bracket. Plug in my ABS harness.

Okay, so, as I found out when I put the wheel on to put the car down, because that's usually how I do this, but the socket was too big to get inside the wheel. I have a person in the car holding the brake down, and now I'm going to torque it, okay. First I'm going to go to 90 pounds, and then further, and now I'm going to back off. Okay, and then go to 90 again. Kay. Okay, now you can put your wheel on. I just start the lug nuts. I tighten them a little bit with the impact wrench. I don't tighten them all the way, because you want to lower the car down, and then you want to use a torque wrench. Torque them to 75 foot pounds, and then reinstall your little lug caps. When you reinstall those lug caps, just do it by hand, and then you're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Jack Stands
  • Floor Jack

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Lug Wrench

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 32mm Socket
  • 35mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket
  • 34mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket

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