How to separate Pontiac Torrent rear hub assembly from plate?

Asked by Feb 22, 2016 at 03:14 PM about the 2008 Pontiac Torrent Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My wife's 2008 torrent has bad rear passenger wheel bearing.  I removed
the wheel, rotor, and after removing the four retaining bolts the hub came
off attached to the "backing plate."  I can't get the hub assembly out of that
back plate which is now off the car itself.  I've PB Blasted it like crazy, used
heat, threaded the bolts back through that back plate and tried to hammer
the hub out with a socket over the bolts.  I rented a slide hammer and
flange, but that doesn't really help separate the assembly from that plate
with the brake hardware on it.  Please tell me I'm stupid and overlooking
something simple!  Any advice welcome as I'm currently stranded with my
wife's car and a bunch of people depending / waiting on me.  Thanks!!!

1 Answer

Had a driver front wheel bearing go bad 2 years ago - same thing, would not come out. Had to take it to my buddy's house that had a lift and beat it with a long piece of brass and 3lb hammer. Before installing, use a die grinder with a paddle wheel to get a snug (not tight) and anti-seize. Hope this helps.

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