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Old 01-22-2003, 11:24 PM   #1
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I've had the tail light 'light' on my dash on for some time. It'* just been too damn cold to change it. So I finally changed the lights that were out, but the indicator light still tells me one is out. I made sure all my lights are working, but still nothing. Any ideas?

Also, I've been driving around w/ my stock rims all winter. When I first put them on I noticed a bit of a knock, that was barely audible but I could feel it through the floor a bit. It'* been almost two months and its getting louder. I can't notice it while I'm accelerating, but its definately there while I coast. What could that be?
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Hey, Bret. I feel your frustration. The light monitor can be a bitch sometimes. Usually if it says taillight, it'* one of the 194 lamps. There'* some in each of the 4 sections. Double check them again, but ALSO check your licence lights. They'll trigger a taillight error.

That thunk you're describing sounds like the beginnings of the hub/bearing failure. Welcome to the club! I think I have 3 going. Might as well do all 4. Give us a few more details. Pick some good weather, check it in turns with the window down. Jack up the car and wiggle/shake all four......you should be able to track it down.
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Mmmmm.....hub/bearing failure....so fun.

I had my whole front basically go BOOM after a month of owning my car. Replacement sets you back some much needed dinero.
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Set you back a bit eh? How much did it cost? Were the parts expensive or was it the labor?
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The RF bearing on my car cost about $120. I changed it myself. I didn't have a knocking problem. On mine the speed sensor, which was inside the bearing, went bad.
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Bret, the front assembly is pn 7470511 ($172.21)
and the rear is 7470541 ($205.03). These prices are
from gmpartsdirect, but I've heard 130 is a good price
at some auto parts stores. Someone that'* done this will
have to step up here. I need the info too.

NOTE: 1992 uses a different rear, and these part numbers are
for cars with ABS. All years use the same front, but numbers
change without ABS. (for future reference).
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120.00 from National Auto parts with ABS.
THE WORK IS HARD!!!
My screws would not come off of the assenbly. Very hard to get off . Once I had the screws out, the damn thing was stuck ! It might be worth getting someone to do it unless you have the time. The worst thing was that my problem is still there!!!
Al I can say is on a good week-end , take the wheel off and leave the car on stands . SOAK the assembly with some kind of liquid wrench and let it sit over night and ATTACK the very next morning !
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I remember having to rent a large drive-axle socket for the drive axle nut. I also remember using a crow bar to get the old bearing off once the bolts were all removed. And you have to be very careful that you don't stretch or damage the axle.
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One of my buddies heard the knocking, and he thinks it may be a CV joint. Sound possible?
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Possible, but not as likely as the hub/bearing assembly. Is the boot torn? Grease all over? CV odds would be higher if that were the case. How'* the light monitor?
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