Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Notes.

After getting some rain last night to day turned out to be gorgeous, Donna had to work late with the party and didn't get home till 01:00AM , made for a long night for her. I went out about 11:00AM and started on my truck replacing the front wheel bearing and hub. I took some pictures and will go through it for all your guys that have Chev/GMC 2500/3500 trucks with 4 wheel drive.

First the truck is jacked up.



Wheel &Tire removed and then the caliper guide pins taken out.


Then the caliper holding bracket is removed from the spindle and the rotor can be removed.


Then the 4 bolts holding the hub assembly in can be removed and the hub/bearing assembly taken out, this is the old one.


This is what it looks like with the hub out.


The new hub/bearing assembly is in and now the rotor and brake parts can be reassembled.

Total time for the job about 1 hour. It is an absolute must to have a good quality impact wrench to do this job, most of the bolts are to tight for a hand ratchet, the two bolts holding the caliper bracket on were so tight  neither of my two impact wrenches would break them with 120lbs of air, so I took a two foot breaker bar with a piece of pipe about 4 feet long as a handle and they came loose with that.

Is it within the realm of the do it yourselfer, absolutely, but you will need a good floor jack capable of holding your truck up, about 3-4 tons, and like I said a compressor and air tools.The 3/8 drive air ratchet, and the 1/2 in drive impact make any job a lot easier.

It is like I said a gorgeous day it will reach 80 degrees today, so this was the day to get the truck done. I took it for a test drive after I was done and it rode and handled quiet and smooth.

Rigg's is loving the warm weather and stays outside a lot especially if the kid's behind us are out playing in their yard. He goes out and barks and runs and tries to get them to come over and play with him.

Not much else doing I am going to take it easy for the rest of the day.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend, Be safe out there, Sam & Donna...


  1. Sam you are The Man. Ya mention yer woman were out a partyin' with a bunch of teenagers until 1 o'clock in the morning, but yer post is a bunch of photos of you a workin' on yer truck and also of you a tellin' what ya did to that truck. Then ya end it up by talkin' bout yer dog. I'm a thinkin' ya knows where ya stands in yer household.

    Me and Nilda's blog

  2. Very informative lesson on truck wheel bearing and hub replacement. I'm not mechanically inclined, but that was a good class.
    Take care and be safe.

  3. I'm glad that all turned out OK. However.....I did not see a jack stand. My Dad ALWAYS insisted on jack stands and I am hoping that you were using one I couldn't see. That hydraulic jack could fail in a heartbeat and catch you unaware.

    LIke a friend of mine ends his blog, "Be Safe out there". This means you also, Sam.


  4. Those pictures and step by step directions are great for the mechanics here. Now, for the rest of us - pics and step by step directions for when you make that great Italian food.

    Enjoy the fine weather (it will change you know).

  5. Well, that post went right over my head, but I don't have one of those trucks, so it doesn't matter. :)

    Say hi to Rigg's for me...

  6. Doug is not allowed to lift the hood of the jeep..never mind doing what you did today!..oh my goodness!!!

  7. Boy, have I seen McGuyver doing that same thing to our GMC..Unfortunately I am usually asked to hand him tools...so I am used to seeing our vehicles in pieces...We have an air compressor so the power wrenches and whatchamacallits come in handy:-)

  8. I'm think-in I'll just stick to my area of expertise and let you keep the impact wrench!!

  9. Glad your bearings and hub change went well and that the weather cooperated for you.

    Kevin and Ruth

  10. I have a Ford truck, which is also four wheel drive, but I have never had the pleasure of changing the hubs. Maybe I got them traded off before that happened in the past. This one only has 40 K on it so it will be a while before that happens.

    But I did have to change a hub one time when we were deer hunting and I drove into a deep ravine at fairly much a full head of steam. The deer got lucky on that one, LOL.

    I still have all the air tools and several compressors, but they don't get much use any more as I get older.

    Stuff is just way more complicated these days!