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Old 05-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Going to be doing major front end maintenance on the Bonneville. Work may include replacing lower control arms, CV axles and wheel hubs. I will also replace the rotors and calipers. At 188k miles, my main mission was to replace the lower control arms. With having everything torn apart, I figure spending another $300 in parts and have the front end all new is worth it. I want to keep the Bonneville till 300k, and want it safe and tight. I have already replaced the front struts and stabilizer bushings. I will also be replacing the brake pipes and brake lines.

Went to check prices on the front hubs, and RockAuto shows two types. 1st design and 2nd design. Anyone know a quick way to identify what my Bonneville has?

The 1st design appears to have a steel wire clip, the 2nd design has a plastic wire clip. Maybe it doesn't matter- but I hate to order the wrong one and be stuck.
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i currently have both. right side is plastic, left side is metal. i really dont think it matters. but if your bonnie is your DD i would get one from a local place. they tend to go bad without warning.
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As far as I know, the only difference is that clip being metal or plastic. Either will work just fine.

I have a wheel bearing from a 2000 SE on my 2003 SSEi and it works perfectly fine with no ABS issues.
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I had a lot of wheel bearing problems and they say if u want to get it right and keep it right the very first time get a timken hub bearing ....they heavy duty and last a long time without problems...before I put the timkens on my bonne I was replacing hubs all the time....just a heads up...
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I had a lot of wheel bearing problems and they say if u want to get it right and keep it right the very first time get a timken hub
+1 on this. I replaced the my wheel bearings with Timken'*. They appear to be very well made and high quality.
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Gents,

Thanks for the input. Based on your replies, we can confidently know that it does not matter if one uses design one or design two when replacing a 2000+ Bonneville wheel hub.
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