Front end howling/grinding
Over the past few days I've noticed my 93 SE becoming increasingly loud from the front end. At first I only noticed the noise during high speeds. As the miles progressed it has begun doing it at all speeds (even at 10 MPH I can hear it). Acceleration power has not decreased. It does not get worse during braking, only softens and the steering wheel does not shutter during heavy braking, however I can almost feel a "grinding" through the steering wheel. The car does not pull (like being misalligned). After driving it home from work yesterday (79 miles) I touched the front wheels and they were hot! I popped off the little hub cap cover and the splined shaft and spindle nut were red hot on both sides. I think the bearing assemblies on both sides are going. Given that, it'* parked today until I get a better idea of what the REAL problem is (don't want to completely sieze those hubs).
If it is the hub assemblies, does anyone have a cut and dry procedure for changing them? I looked through my Haynes manual and it indicated that I need to remove the axles, control arms, tie rod ends, ball joints, and hang the caliper out of the way. Removing the axles seems like a longshot!! Also, does anyone know of an inexpensive place to buy those hubs? AutoZone lists them at $175.00 each!!!