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Old 08-27-2014, 09:34 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default 2007 3.5 SL Bearings

I need some advice. I have a 2007 SL with about 44K miles on it. I have what seems like a blown right rear bearing (loud noise which gets louder with speed and now at slow speed squeaky metalicky sound. Should I attempt to replace this myself? Are there good aftermarket ones or should I go for a Nissan OEM one? should I replace both rear if only 1 is bad? is it possible I only need to grease it?

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Default Re: 2007 3.5 SL Bearings

Replace it. Yes, you can do this job, for it is quite easy. That said, it may be your slide-pins for your brake-caliper, so inspect first before ordering parts.

The Moog brand is excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Moog-512292-Wh...43NT943CGNZ6DY
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:55 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Default Re: 2007 3.5 SL Bearings

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Replace it. Yes, you can do this job, for it is quite easy. That said, it may be your slide-pins for your brake-caliper, so inspect first before ordering parts.

The Moog brand is excellent: http://www.amazon.com/Moog-512292-Wh...43NT943CGNZ6DY
When you say quite easy, I have some tools and a driveway. This car is driven daily so once I start I would have to finish in a few hours. Youtube videos are helpful but I have never even done my own brake pads. I'll have to see a video to determine if I would consider it. Thank you for your response and the link! Is it normal for these to go at only
44K miles?

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Default Re: 2007 3.5 SL Bearings

Jeff,

You'll have to remove the wheel, brake-caliper and brake-caliper bracket to get to the bolts that attached the rear hub assembly to the knuckle.

You can do this job. It is very straight forward. Now, if your not comfortable with that, then take it to the shop. Sometimes things don't always go as planned. Sometimes they do. There is no telling which it is gonna be.

The only real issue that I can see you having is taking off the brake-caliper bracket and the bolts that hold the rear hub to the knuckle. They may be tough since they have yet to taken apart since they were put on the car. Everything else is easy.

This all being said, I suggest you start small. Have a mechanic do this job, and you start learning about your car when eventually you have to do you brakes. Start with servicing your brakes and go from there as issues arise.
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Default Re: 2007 3.5 SL Bearings

Here is the coles notes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfN2aLirhhI
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Thanks! that actually looks really easy. If it takes a mechanic a half hour to do that it should take me 1-2 hours.
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Default Re: 2007 3.5 SL Bearings

No prob; like I said, pretty easy stuff. That said, make sure you have PB Blaster (penetrating oil) for those bolts that hold the brake-caliper bracket and hub bearing assembly to the knuckle. I would not be surprised if those bolts give you some trouble. If you don't have impact tools, then go buy a breaker bar.

Now, first you have to confirm your suspicion. Don't go throwing parts at it until you know that it is indeed the bearing. Get that wheel off and confirm either slide-pins or the bearing. Then you'll be off on the right foot.

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