I was driving my girl to go take her MCAT this morning and I kept hearing this squeek-squeek-sqeek coming from my front right wheel. I didn't think much of it really. But on the way home, the front of my car starts vibriting like it did when I got a flat the other day. Not only that but there was a grinding noise too.
I pulled over, tire pressure was fine and I couldn't see any thing wrong. I drove home and the grinding noise just got worse and worse.
I was thinking wheel bearing.
I called a friend that'* going to auto tech school and asked him what he thought it might be. Luckily he was at work with this guy that put more than a few years in at a GM dealership. He told me to jack the car up, put my hands in the 12 and 6 o'clock positions and move it back and forth to see if there was any play = wheel bearing. Sure enough there was. He also told me that I would have to replace the whole hub assembly and that it would cost at least $100.
So I was off to the local u-pull-it yard. After toying with this one bonneville and stripping a socket wrench, I found a bonnie that had about half the work done for me. I got it off pretty quick and picked up some small interior pieces that have been broken.
It only cost me $11
I got back and tried to install it but I didn't have a socket for the HUGE axle nut. I searched on here and found out it'* a 34mm and i went and got it. After that it was smooth sailing.
Everythings back together and smoooooth.
The info on here is great. :P