How to Replace a Wheel Hub Assembly

A wheel hub assembly is a vital part on a vehicle, particularly in regards to how the vehicle feels while driving and how it handles. These assemblies are exactly the same as a normal wheel bearing and hub, except they can be changed out by just removing a few bolts. This makes it a maintenance item, which means it is much easier to replace when the time comes. When the wheel hub assembly is failing, you will notice a screeching sound coming from the wheel and loose steering.

Part 1 of 1: Replacing the wheel hub assembly

Materials Needed

  • ⅜ drive ratchet
  • ⅜ drive socket set - metric and standard
  • ⅜ or ½ drive torque wrench
  • ½ Inch drive breaker bar
  • ½ Inch drive wheel socket set
  • ½ Inch drive metric and standard socket set
  • Allen set metric and standard sockets
  • Axle nut socket set
  • Brass hammer
  • Combination wrench set, metric and standard
  • Disposable gloves
  • Flashlight
  • Floor jack and jack stands
  • Pry bar

Step 1: Prepare your work area. Make sure the vehicle is on a level, safe surface, and you have set the parking brake.

loosen lug nuts

Step 2: Loosen the lug nuts. Use a ½ inch drive breaker bar and a lug nut socket set to loosen all the lug nuts and axle nuts (if applicable) before you jack the vehicle up in the air.

jacking up a vehicle

Step 3: Jack the vehicle up and use jack stands. Jack your vehicle up and put it on jack stands. Place the wheels off to the side, away from the work area.

Be sure to jack the vehicle up in the correct location; usually on the sides underneath there are pinch welds you can use to jack from. Then make sure you place the stands on the body or frame and lower it down onto the stands.

removing old wheel hub assembly

Step 4: Remove the old wheel hub assembly. Remove the axle nut if there is one on the vehicle. Then start disassembling the brakes by removing the caliper bolts and the bracket bolts.

Next, remove the rotor. If the vehicle has anti-lock brakes, disconnect any wiring harness plugs. Loosen all the bolts that hold the wheel hub assembly onto the knuckle. Once that is done, you should be able to remove the wheel hub assembly as a unit.

Step 5: Install the new wheel hub assembly and brake parts. Work in the reverse order of the way you removed everything. Start by bolting the new wheel hub assembly to the knuckle and connecting the ABS sensor connector if there was one.

Next, torque the bolts to specs, which can be found online or in the vehicle’s service manual. Install the rotor back onto the hub and start reassembling the brakes. Install the brake bracket back to the knuckle, Torque it, then install the pads and the caliper back onto the bracket and reinstall the axle nut (if applicable).

installing wheels back onto vehicle

Step 6: Reinstall the wheels. Place the wheels back onto the hubs using the lug nuts. Snug them all down with a ratchet and socket.

Removing jack stands

Step 7: Jack the vehicle back off of the jack stands. Grab the jack, place it in the correct spot under the vehicle, and jack the car up until you can remove the jack stands. Then you can lower the vehicle back onto the ground.

Proper way to torque wheels

Step 8: Torque the wheels. Most cars use a torque from 80 ft lbs to 100 ft lbs. SUVs and trucks usually use anywhere from 90 ft lbs to 120 ft lbs. Use a ½ inch torque wrench and torque the lug nuts to the proper specification.

test drive

Step 9: Test drive the vehicle. Since you had the brakes apart, make sure you pump the brake pedal a few times so the pads can reseat to the rotor. When test driving, make sure that you no longer have any noise coming from the hub bearing. If you do not hear anything then you can consider this job done.

This job can be accomplished with the right tools and knowledge, but there are quite a few parts and bolts to be removed and put back together. If you’d rather leave it to a professional, YourMechanic can complete a wheel hub assembly replacement at the time and place of your choice.


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Robert

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Dodge Journey V6-3.6L - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
Robert was awesome. I was unable to make my appointment so I arranged with Robert to get the parts and keys from my brother. He was obviously very knowledgeable in what he was doing as the work completed was done in about half the time that was estimated. By far the best mechanic experience I have ever had. Robert kept me up to date along the way and and was more than willing to work with my brother since I could not be there. I also requested that Robert didn't fill the transmission since my car has a silicone gasket. Robert was understanding of this and went as far as to let me know how much fluid he recovered so I could fill it myself once the silicone was cured. Most shops will suck out the ATF Fluid and replace what they pulled out. Robert did the full service on the transmission including dropping the pan and replacing the filter. I verified all the work once I got home and everything looked great. I am truly impressed with the service received from Robert and Your Mechanic. I will be having more work done through them in the near future.
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
Amazing he was on time completed the job and checked his work, also made sure I was happy. Thank you so much.

John

27 years of experience
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John
27 years of experience
GMC Sierra 1500 V8-5.3L - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - League City, Texas
John was on time to the appointment, knowledgeable about my repair and other aspects of my vehicle, and completed the repair efficiently and in a timely manner. I would DEFINITELY recommend John for future repairs of my own and anyone seeking repairs on their vehicles. 110% happy with this service.
Nissan Frontier - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - League City, Texas
Actually, I am pleasantly surprised. John is personable and arrived early which I appreciate. We spoke for a few moments -- discussed the work that needed to be done and then he began the Wheel Hub Assembly service. I was able to sit by as the truck was being serviced -- and John is definitely a professional. Although we had to reschedule due to parts delay -- and I had more than ample time to think about having someone else perform the service, I am glad I waited for John to complete the service. He worked swiftly and with finesse -- a smart finesse with many years of experience--no mess or muddle. I have driven the truck and so far so good. Hoping to have John complete other services in the next few weeks.

Ben

41 years of experience
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Ben
41 years of experience
Honda Accord L4-2.4L - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Rear) - Houston, Texas
Ben was very kind, helpful and fast! I did not have to miss work or anything because he showed up on time and got the job done! Thanks Ben!
Chevrolet Equinox - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Ben was timely, courteous and very professional. He arrived on time and went above and beyond customer service. He was efficient and did the job in a timely manner. I would highly recommend!

Nathaniel

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Subaru Impreza H4-2.5L - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Norfolk, Virginia
Nathaniels is a devoted and skilled mechanic. He changed the two front wheel hubs on my Subaru Impreza 2010. Despite one side of the wheel hub was very rusted and stucked, Nathaniels ran to get a new tool to get the rusted wheel hub out. I am very appreciative of his hardwork.
Nissan Quest - Wheel Hub Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Norfolk, Virginia
Mr. Nate was friendly, professional and very knowledgeable about wheel hub assembly. He made quick work of replacing rusted wheel hubs with new wheel hubs for my 2006 Nissan Quest. I would recommend him again. Tim D.

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