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Whine from front right is starting to get louder...

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#1 RossMasson


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Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:07 PM

I'm assuming I will have to replace / rebuild the CV joint(s). I haven't removed a front axle from the Soob before. Any advice, comments, hints, warnings before I dive into this? It's an 88 GL wagon. Thanks in advance.

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#2 zyewdall


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Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:31 PM

I've never had a CV joint whine -- it's usually clicking during turns. Might be the wheel bearing.

If if is the CV, get factory replacement axles -- the aftermarket ones don't have the best reputation, plus they'll be for the wrong car if you don't get them from the dealer -- checker and napa always send the wrong ones.... replacing them is not bad at all, as long as you don't run into trouble with the roll pins -- use the right size punch to drive them out, not a nail or a bolt or whatever you have laying around....

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 05:35 PM

wheel bearings are a P I A , although some auto parts stores like car quest, will press them in for you.. at auto zone you can rent for free a big c clamp ball joint tool, but you need an air compressor and an impact wrench..

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 06:05 PM

Yeah... I've always taken mine in to have the wheel bearings done.

Except now, the local shop that I always used to take stuff to when it was a little more than I wanted to tackle (or when I'd rather pay someone $300 to work on the car, and go hiking instead of rolling around in the mud all weekend under the car) closed, so I don't have anywhere cheap to take them too any more...) :-\

#5 jmorton822


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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:12 AM

It definitely sounds like bearings and it is probably worth the time to ask around to find another shop. Bearings are a pain.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:47 AM

the cheapest and easiest way to fix a bad bearing is to just buy a complete knuckle/hub assembly. very easy and usually not hard to find.

unbolt struts, tie rod and ball joint and you're done. much simpler than doing a bearing replacement. good idea to pull the inner wheel seal since it's what seals against the axle. very easy, just like replacing any other seal. pull it out, tap a new one in place. clean out any dirt in there, smear some new grease around before putting the new seal back in. this will protect your "new" bearings.

some folks on here even replace that seal every time they replace an axle. not a bad idea to protect the bearings. i bought a wheel seal for an EJ the other day and it was only $8.

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