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Need a new wheel hub? Well, before you start buying just any wheel hub on the market, we have a few suggestions that will surely help you find the right replacement hub for your car. First, don't settle for a single wheel hub; get a Wheel Hub Assembly instead. Getting a hub assembly guarantees that you'll have all the equipment you need to replace that broken wheel hub of yours. Next, make sure that what you're about to order is engineered to precise OEM specifications. An OE-style hub assembly ensures that each component in the assembly is made to be fully compatible with your vehicle's year, make, and model. On top of that, fitting this product onto your wheel bearings is also made easier since the wheel hub in this assembly is built to be a direct-fit replacement of your original equipment. Also, look for an assembly with a wheel hub that's manufactured using high-grade materials. Since the wheel hub secures your wheel into position, you wouldn't want it breaking after just a few years of use, right? A durable wheel hub made of quality materials should prevent your wheel from falling or slipping from your car. Lastly, when buying wheel hubs, get them from brands that are well known in the industry. Here at Auto Parts Warehouse, we offer wheel hub assemblies from top brands like Crown, Dorman, Replacement, Timken, and OES Genuine. Visit our comprehensive online catalog to find the right Wheel Hub Assembly for your vehicle today.

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Some Things to Consider when Shopping for a Wheel Hub Assembly

You shouldnít settle for less when dealing with parts that have anything to do with wheels. The wheels are put under a lot of stress, and you donít want a faulty wheel component to compromise your safety on the road. If your vehicleís wheel hub is already shot, donít wait too long before you get a new assembly. Accidents may be just around the corner, waiting for that moment when your wheel hub will finally break and cause troubles. You wonít have a hard time looking for a wheel hub assembly. But, finding the right one can be tricky if you donít know what features to look for and what details to consider. Donít you worry because weíre here to guide you through your wheel hub options.

Condition

Not all wheel hubs come with 100% brand-new components. Some of them are remanufactured. Some parts have been restored or repaired, and these are used in the assembly. Remanufactured options come at a cheaper price. Though some may doubt their quality, some manufacturers test and assess the remanufactured units to ensure proper function and good quality. If you donít want to settle for less and want every component in the assembly to be brand new, you can always search for items from top brands and trusted sellers. Check the product specs to be sure that what youíll get is completely new.

Fit

Wheel hub assemblies are available as a direct fit or as universal items. A universal wheel hub assembly can fit a wide range of vehicle models. Before you buy, be sure that the part matches the specs of your vehicle and meets the wheel requirements. Look for an assembly thatís specifically manufactured to precise OE specifications so you can be sure that it will fit onto the wheel bearings and wonít fall off easily.

Bolt pattern and other details

Before you go shopping for a new wheel hub assembly, check the bolt pattern of the factory-installed hub. Use the vehicle manual as a guide. Youíd want to get a hub with the right bolt pattern, whether itís 10 x 5.69 in. or 6 x 5.25 in. Otherwise, the hub wonít fit or wonít be sealed properly. Also consider the spline count, bearing module flange, and components included in the assembly such as the sensor and lug bolts.

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Complete Guide to Installing a New Wheel Hub Assembly

Youíll be using more than 10 tools to remove and replace a wheel hub assembly. Some DIYers might find this project quite challenging. But for those whoíd like to learn something new, the task at hand can be a good project to get into. If youíre ready to take on this task, then letís get started. Here are the steps:

Difficulty level: Moderate

Things youíll need:

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Wheel chock
  • 1/2-inch drive adjustable torque wrench
  • 1/2-inch drive breaking bar
  • 1/2-inch drive socket set
  • 1/2-inch drive ratchet
  • Spindle nut socket (usually 36 mm.)
  • Slide hammer
  • C-clamp
  • Large straight screwdriver
  • Large rubber mallet
  • Sand paper (medium to light grade)
  • Bungee cord

Step 1: Drive your vehicle to a level ground and park it there. Put a block on the wheel and jack up the car. Support the raised vehicle with jack stands underneath.

Step 2: Remove the wheel after the lug nuts were all taken out. With a socket and ratchet, undo the brake caliper bolts and then use a bungee cord to hold the caliper in place. You may have to remove the brake pads as well.

Step 3: Pull out the rotor. If itís stuck, you can loosen it up using a rubber mallet. Look for the ABS wire, which is plugged to the hub and should be traced back to the plug, if possible.

Step 4: Use a breaking bar and spindle nut socket for breaking loose the spindle nut. Once loose, you can now take this out together with the washer at the back.

Step 5: Remove the wheel bearing bolts using the breaking bar and socket.

Step 6: Insert the slide hammer onto the lug studs and seal them with the lug nuts. Be careful with the bearing when handling the slide hammer. Take note how the backing plate is set between the knuckle and bearing for proper reinstallation.

Step 7: Get rid of the rust and corrosion on the knuckle by sanding this off. Use medium- to fine-grade sandpaper for removing rust. Keep the surface smooth and clean until the new bearing fits.

Step 8: Set the new backing plate and new bearing where they should be and make sure the splines line up. The bolts of the wheel bearing assembly must be threaded and tightened down in alternating manner between bolts. The bearing should slip back into place and should be straight. Use a breaking bar and socket to tighten them.

Step 9: Put in the washer, spindle nut, and other hardware. These should be torqued properly. Install the brakes and then the ABS plug. Once everything is in place, you can now put back the wheel and secure them with the lug nuts.