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The back driver wheel bearing assembly needs replaced. 2009

Customer Question

Hi, The back driver wheel bearing assembly needs replaced. 2009 Chevy Malibu I have the 4 nuts off of the back side. rotor stuck on hub hub stuck to chasis so 2 problems
JA: Besides this, what condition is the car in?
Customer: great
JA: Are you fixing your Malibu yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes please read what I already put in
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: i guess not
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Hello and welcome!

My name isCustomerand I can assist you with your question.

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Are you looking for some suggestions on how to seperate the rotor from the bearing and the bearing from the spindle?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Ok, lets start by removing the rotor from the hub bearing. What tool are you using to seperate the two?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I guess I can try a hammer to get the rotor off.
The getting the bearing from the spindle seems really stuck even with the 4 nuts taken off the back side.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

YES, that is correct. Both of these can be very difficult to seperate. We use a BIG hammer to remove the rotor from the bearing and an air gun to vibrate the bearing from the spindle.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Advanced auto rented me a hub puller, but I am not sure it will work for the 2009 Chevy Malibu where the bearing comes as a complete unit.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

You can certainly give it a shot!

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

As long as it bolts to the studs, it should work

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It wants to push on the center as it pulls on 3 of the 5 studs. That seems like the wrong way to get this complete unit out.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Yes, that type of puller wont work.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It only has 3 holes on a metal adapter. I would have to use lug nuts to attach it to the bearing.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Thats correct.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Do you ever hammer out the studs and put in long bolts to push against the wheel frame?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Do you have any diagrams to send me?
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Those two sets have an adapter that goes over the lug nuts. Then you thread on the lug nuts to hold them tight and tug on it hard on it using the slide hammer

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I see what you are saying. This Powerbolt kit from Advance Auto has no slide bar or heavy weight. It is kit 40 or Powerbuilt model #648608
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Thats because the kit you got is for the front.. which axle shafts going through the bearings. Because you are doing the rear, there is no axle through the middle to push on

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Powerbuilt-Master-Hub-Puller-Kit-648608/203117086?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cTHD%7cG%7c0%7cG-BASE-PLA-D25T-Garage-Automotive%7c&gclid=CjwKEAjw652_BRDfkebVrdOGkDISJAD0Q2Rue7Ik-QmskM8N2Jg_dXa2OCIO64QsOkWPSxEzQWTZhRoCPY7w_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I agree with you.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Yeah, that one does not have the slide hammer

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I have to go soon for a previously scheduled event.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I will try to get the other kit.
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

NO problem.

I am glad I can help!

It has been a pleasure working with you. Please dont forget to honor your good faith deposit by rating my answer as "5 STAR SERVICE" for assisting you today.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
How about an air tool vibrating a tip from the back side?
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It would pierce the antilock brake area I guess
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

You could rent one of those too if you have an air compressor and be careful when doing this. If not, you may even be able to rent an air compressor. However, you may not need it. If you use a big enough hammer, that may do the trick.

I will be here if you have any further questions.

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Have a great night!

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

I am glad I can help!

It has been a pleasure working with you. Please dont forget to honor your good faith deposit by rating my answer as "5 STAR SERVICE" for assisting you today.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I own an air compressor and some low quality air tools. The big hammer worked on one side. I will try the other side tomorrow. Thanks!!!
Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Your welcome! Please dont forget to rate! Have a great night!!

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Hello! It'sCustomerfrom just answer.

I am just checking in to see if you need any further assistance?

Let me know!

Expert:  AMEDEE replied 2 months ago.

Hello!

Just wanted to check in with you to see if you got the wheel bearing removed and replaced on the vehicle?