Originally Posted by homeskillet
Thanks for the info. I tried to get a socket on the torx bolts last night (by the way, they are E-12 size), but feel I'm really close to the speedo transaxle teeth. Then realized I had another problem, the torque for the steering knuckle to bearing/wheel hub is not listed in my manual or in 2 other procedures online. Trying to remove it with 70 ft-lbs was not enough (but probably doesn't help that its rusted on).
Have to grab a deep socket 32 mm to get the big nut off, the 32 I had was too short IMO to handle the 180 ft-lb.
Go figure, I'll spend more money on tools to do this job than I did on the bearing!
Did the job a few weeks back - as a final follow up....
The torx socket is actually an E-14, and for some reason, the nuts on all wheal bearing nuts (the ones that are supposed to be 180 lb-ft), came off extremely easily, especially the front, and I was only using a 24" torque wrench. Putting them back on required more effort.
Ended up that my grinding noise when I turned left was indeed the front right as the play indicated. Turned out though that the whinning noise wasn't that bearing, it would go dead silent when I took a hard right though. Checking all other bearings for play the only one that seemed to have any slop at all in it was the rear right. Decided to order the remaining 3 bearings and ship any back I had left over from my "guess work". Got it on the 2nd try - ended up being the rear left - Just a future troubleshooting tip, if you steer HARD and it goes away, its probably the rear, and the rule of opposite of turning still applies.
Since I had 3/4 bearings replaced I went ahead and did the last front one, so she's new all around. As a final note, if it hadn't be said before, you can do the job without removing the knuckle, just have to be careful with the half shaft, knock it back out of the way enough to get your wrench on those bolts. Not that bad of a job IMO, never done one before, the fronts took about 3-5 hours (5 was the last one that was rusted on BAD), and the rears take about 45 minutes each.