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can I change the front hub on a OBW 2002

OBW hub bearing 02

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#1 babyfacefitz


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:02 PM

can I change the hub myself? I've got an impact and metric sockets.  I bet there's a tutorial but I could'nt find it.






#2 Rooster2


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:59 PM

I haven't personally swapped out a hub, but had it done by a friend of mine on my drive way. Sourced a hub from a wrecking yard that works great. Didn't seem to be anything that difficult.

#3 johnceggleston


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 09:19 PM

what's wrong and what are you trying to do?


technically the ''hub'' is the part that spins. and it is pressed into the wheel bearing which is pressed into the ''knuckle''.


a used hub / knuckle assebly is not hard to install. you can get one for about $35.

2 bolts, 19mm, for the brake caliper

2 bolts for the strut

1 nut for the tie rod end

1 nut for the ball joint

and 1 bolt for the sway bar end link.


for the price of the bearing, ~$50, and $50 labor, you can pull yours and have a machine shop install a new wheel bearing.

and then reinstall the hub/knuckle assembly.


the hidden cost in this is the wheel alignment you will need afterwards.

you may be able to avoid this by marking the bolt head for the top strut to knuckle bolt. 

it adjusts the wheel camber and if you reinstall the bolt EXACTLY like it was you may be ok.

i'm not sure if the same is true with a replacement knuckle. but it is worth a try.

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