I used the 34mm this evening to change the driver'* side bearing. The socket worked well. The nut was really not on all that tight. Maybe 100ft lb or so. I torqued her back to 115.
Funny thing: my humming/whirring noise is still there. The driver'* side wheel end play (now it doesn't). The passenger side bearing showed no end play. Both bearings were quiet when I rotated the tires with weight off. I could feel nothing in the springs either. Now I'm wondering if getting the tires rotated one day before noticing the noise has any bearing (no pun intended) on the humming/whirring noise. Guess rotating the tires back would have been cheaper than a new bearing, but the tires were very quite fore and aft before the rotation. I get them rotated every 5K miles. Very good wear so far after 15k miles. Any ideas or troubleshooting tips before I go after the passenger side bearing too?
One other thing.... I three bolts that hold the hub on gave me more trouble than ANY bolt (rusted or not) that I have ever removed. Those were a real PITA. Took me 2-1/2 hours to get three 13mm bolts off. I rounded a couple off before I got smart and purchased a "damaged nut/bolt remover" set. That godsend was recommended by my mechanic brother after he got tired of hearing me pi__ing and moaning.