chevy impala LS 2001 , front wheel hub , have trust issues with mechanic .


Asked by Jul 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM about the 2001 Chevrolet Impala LS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

in the old days , 1976 and back , I knew alot of answers to car/truck repairs ,
and etc. but , now I'm lost . my mechanic says I need a whole new wheel hub on my
front , passenger side . this wheel has NO play in it , side to side or top to bottom . It
not make any sound , like a screech etc. etc. . brakes are fine , stop as good as ever ,
pads in good shape etc. etc. . why would the mechanic tell me I need to replace this ,
he didn't even put the car on a lift to check for play . what am I missing ? , help
please ! oh , car only has 50,000 miles on it and almost always only driven by my
wife , until recently . if it matters , car looks like new and has never missed
a maintainance check

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Old day bearing noise is the same today, you test it the same old way, the only difference today is that most of them are sealed in a hub assembly and the preloads are already set, thus making servicing a hub bearing almost impossible, that is why you have to replace hub assemblies now. So if you have a bearing noise that hub needs replaced. Clear as mud right?

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tennisshoes , thank you for your response . you made this antique feel better but I still can't see the light . my issues with my mechanic are my problem , but is there another way of telling , if the wheel hub is going bad , when my mechanic never raised the tire off the ground ? thanks , wally6266


Did he drive the vehicle? Did he hear bearing noise? Raising a vehicle sometimes is not the best way to check for a bad bearing as it takes the load off the bearing making the noise go away.

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tennisshoes , thanks again for your response . NO he did not drive car and he did not hear noise . wait , he did drive car from customer parking lot to rear shop bay . he told me that there was play in the wheel , I found none !! and with that , determined I needed a new hub . I want my wife to be safe , and with only 50,000 miles on the car , I have to wonder . my last experience with a wheel hub , was with a l.t. with over 250,000 miles on it . that hub cost me 250.00 , this guy wants almost 500.00 . ANY THOUGHTS ??

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Time to find another mechanic, a hub bearing will not cause play in the steering wheel unless it was falling apart, then you could not drive the car.

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Even with labor it should not cost that much.

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tennisshoes , thanks again for your help . what your saying is not unlike how I feel . don't know if I should go with my gut , common since , or what ! another part of my problem is that my mechanic is also a relative of my wife . CAN YOU SAY , WORLD WAR THREE !! . thanks again for your help , wally6266

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