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Old 06-26-2011, 09:45 PM   #18
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Just finished doing this one today. Thanks for the writeup. In my case, I also found out that a CV joint had gone bad, so I replaced the axle at the same time. Some tips..

Soak the LCA pinch bolt with Kroil or PB blaster and let it sit before removing

Remove the LCA bolt BEFORE the strut pinch bolt. Once the bolt is out, use a prybar to carefully pop the LCA from the knuckle. This took more time than anything.

Put the new wheel bearing in the freezer overnight to shrink it. It just slid into the knuckle in my case.

Check your wheel hub for straightness using a dial indicator before removal. I suspected mine was slightly bent when i noticed that the inboard brake pad wore at an angle and I had developed a pulsing brake pedal. Sure enough, warped rotor and bent wheel hub face.

So, for me, it was

new axle assembly
new wheel hub and bearing
new brake rotor
new brake pads
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