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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:22 pm 
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Gonna tackle changing my front wheel bearings in the next week or so. I've heard the spindle nuts are "one time use" and should be replaced. Can I reuse the three hub mounting bolts? I see the replacement bolts come with threadlocker on them. Can I reuse the old ones and just locktite them? I know the spindle nuts torque spec is 118 lb/ft. What is the torque of the hub mounting bolts?
As far as brand of bearings goes, I've heard good/bad results with cheap bearings and good/ bad results with name brand ones. I think it's the luck of the draw. I only drive about 10K miles a year. I'm gonna roll the dice on a "good reviewed" cheaper bearing.
Bought the car alittle over a year ago. When the place I bought it from inspected it, he said the driver's side bearing was bad. He did it for free so I didn't argue. Problem is I know he put in the el-cheapo Advance Auto bearing. Car didn't drive any different after he changed it. The ABS light occasionally came on a few months back (on all the time now). The bearing is starting to growl. I'm guessing it was a combination of the cheap bearing and he blasted the spindle nut on with an impact wrench.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:40 pm 
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Yes you can reuse the spindle nut.
The only time I use a new one is when I replace the axle shaft which comes with a new nut.
Should be a 34mm size. (make sure socket is hex)
Final torque is 118 ft.lbs.
DO NOT USE IMPACT WRENCH TO REINSTALL NUT!!! (ok to use to take nut off)
The 3 bolts that hold the bearing to the hub are 13mm.
I bought a set of metric combo wrenches where the box end is 6 point.
Much better than the standard 12 point which will round that bolt off.
The final torque I found was 60 to 70 ft.lbs.(I use anti seize when I put them back on-don't know about using locktite)
As far as what brand of wheel bearing to use I have had luck with hub bearings from Detroit Axle.
They are only $40.00 but seem to be holding up well.(I believe all brands now come from China)
I have also used their axle shafts and they are also holding up.
Good luck and have fun!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:40 pm 
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I've done multiple bearings up front, always have reused my axle nut without issues.

It is a 34mm

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