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Old 05-31-2013, 12:38 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Replacing Hub Assemblies?

Hi Guys,

I'm getting a noise in my rear wheel area. It's a "wub wub wub" sound that increases in frequency as I'm accelerating. It also increasing in intensity under load. (Very loud when making left hand corner, making me think it's rear passenger side bearing).

From all the research I've done, it points to a bad wheel bearing. I've ordered 2 rear hub assemblies and I'll do both sides while I'm at it.

Here's the product I ordered. Should these take care of the noise? Any other parts needed?

2 Rear HUB Assembly Pair FOR Nissan Maxima 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 | eBay
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Hi Guys,

I'm getting a noise in my rear wheel area. It's a "wub wub wub" sound that increases in frequency as I'm accelerating. It also increasing in intensity under load. (Very loud when making left hand corner, making me think it's rear passenger side bearing).

From all the research I've done, it points to a bad wheel bearing. I've ordered 2 rear hub assemblies and I'll do both sides while I'm at it.

Here's the product I ordered. Should these take care of the noise? Any other parts needed?

2 Rear HUB Assembly Pair FOR Nissan Maxima 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 | eBay
That should do it. Sometimes they come right off and other times they need a swift smack with a hammer. Wheel bearings are one of those things you don't want to skimp on. You don't need the most expensive but you don't want the cheapest set out there. Otherwise you'll be changing them again in 6 months. Just research the brand and read customer reviews. Timken is a popular brand many people swear by.

This would also be a good time to replace your lug nuts. There's just something sacrilegious about putting old lug nuts on new studs.
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Old 05-31-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: Replacing Hub Assemblies?

ive heard this on my car very few times and never figured out what it was,,, please update to see if it fixes the problem
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ive heard this on my car very few times and never figured out what it was,,, please update to see if it fixes the problem
When I heard that sound on my Max I replaced the rear hubs and the sound went away. Im in the process of changing out my front hubs and bearings because Im hearing that same noise coming from up front now.
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Default Re: Replacing Hub Assemblies?

The only way to figure out if its wheel bearing or tires is to change to stock wheels with more meaty tires. If sound changes, then it's your bearings. If stays the same, then it's bearing. The rear comes as a whole assy that you'll replace. Just a simple straight replacement, no pressing needed like the front.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:24 PM   Thread Starter #6
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Good call Mike2005! I was thinking to getting some black anodized lugs anyway. All I needed was an excuse...now it sounds like I HAVE to buy them...


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Wheel bearings are one of those things you don't want to skimp on. You don't need the most expensive but you don't want the cheapest set out there. Otherwise you'll be changing them again in 6 months. Just research the brand and read customer reviews. Timken is a popular brand many people swear by.
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Definitely agree with this. My front wheel bearings were bad and the car was so loud, I couldnt even talk on the phone while driving. I went to autozone and they had duralast bearings for $35 each and timken for $55 each. I wanted to try to save some money. I ended up getting 2 no name bearings on ebay for $25 shipped for BOTH. I got them in, and took the hubs off and brought them over to a friends shop who has a wheel press and he pressed the new bearings in for me and I put it all back together. It was quiet as can be for about 2 months and then it went right back to doing what it had done before. I finally decided to quit being cheap and went to autozone and picked up a set of timkens for $55 each. All is good now and I'm sure I wont have any issues with these.

Unknown to me at the time, after talking to my mechanic friend..I learned that there is a big difference in a cheap no name bearing and good bearing like a timken..
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Default Re: Replacing Hub Assemblies?

I believe I have the same problem. I started hearing it a month ago. I always thought it was road noise. How can I check if the hubs are bad?
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I know with my bearing when the car was jacked up the wheel would wobble side to side when you pushed on it. That's how the guy at the tire shop told me it was the bearing.
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Default Re: Replacing Hub Assemblies?

Yeah just place the jack it up so the load is off the wheel, grab both top and bottom of the wheel, push back with one hand and pull with the other like your trying to wiggle the wheel off. Should be no wiggle. (I like no wiggle anyway) You can also slowly spin the wheel putting your ear close to the center. If it sounds like some ones dragging a crowbar across the sidewalk then something aint right.
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I know with my bearing when the car was jacked up the wheel would wobble side to side when you pushed on it. That's how the guy at the tire shop told me it was the bearing.
How many miles did you have when you replaced em?
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How many miles did you have when you replaced em?
Just around 90k. It was only like 2 months ago. I only got the front driver side done though
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Default Re: Replacing Hub Assemblies?

Hi guys! It's been a while, but here's the wheel hub update!

After 1 attempt to remove it myself (bolts seized on) I had to bring it to my mechanic.

About an hour after I dropped my car off to him he called me. "There's nothing wrong with your wheel hubs, why do you want them changed?", he said. I said "Because the right one is noisy whel the car rolls, particularly on left turns". All the mechanic had done was the standard "shimmy" to see if there's any play. As I already knew, he was right: no play. I told him to replace them anyway, and guess what? Noise gone! Problem solved!

In conclusion, the lift and shimmy test for play is not always a conclusive way to diagnose a wheel bearing problem. There may be more factors involved.

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