Info on changing 2003 front wheel bearings?

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    I think I need to change the front wheel bearing on my daughters 2003 Corolla because it is making a very noticable roar that varies in pitch and volume as the speed changes. It has new correct size tires, no fluid drips anywhere, good brakes, it just makes this noise that has me worried. The latest Haynes book says that the bearings are a press fit in the hub and that the replacement should be done by a "professional". Thats nice but I can't afford a "professional" when I can do the job myself as I have done on all the Toyotas, Mazdas, Chevys, and Fords that I've owned in the past 40 years. I was quite suprised when the Toyota parts guy told me the factory service manuals (2) cost $175.00, hence the Haynes book. So, my question is " Does anyone have the proper procedure in detail for replacing the front wheel bearings on a 2003 Corolla, for the layman. What I am most interested in knowing is what stupid thing NOT to do. Any help would be apprectiated.

    thanks, randyb

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    Default Re: Info on changing 2003 front wheel bearings?

    sorry, can't help with solving your problem.... ;-( don't have any experience in this area.

    i do however have a 2003 corolla myself so i am naturally a bit suspicious why such a relatively new vechicle would already need wheel bearings. do you suspect a factory defect or does it have excessive high miles? just curious ;-)

    i guess i would be more suspicious of the brakes. have you tried jacking up the front and turning the wheels one at a time to isolate the problem and sound?

    i'm sure someone with more experience can answer the specifics of the how-to question for you (us).
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    Default Re: Info on changing 2003 front wheel bearings?

    Wish I could help on this one, but although I have several Toyotas, none of them are Corollas. I did change a pressed-in wheel bearing on an Echo, and while it was a tedious job, there was nothing special about it. It was necessary to have a hydraulic press, and I found that the outer race from one of the old bearings was excellent for pressing in the new ones. Of course, to do the job it was necessary to remove the steering knuckle from the car, so the control arm and tie rod end had to come out, as well as disconnecting the half-shaft from the knuckle (but you knew that )

    Did you try other Toyota forums, like Toyota Forums :: Toyota Nation

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    Default Re: Info on changing 2003 front wheel bearings?

    Well i have an 05 corolla and just had the front right wheel bearing replaced after putting new tires on the car at 54k, all highway driving in NE and I still have a weird sound coming from the front end, I believe the other bearing needs replacing.

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    Default Re: Info on changing 2003 front wheel bearings?

    Interesting ---I have an 05 Vibe (a matrix), AWD that's in the shop right now for a front left bearing, but a friend of mine who is a tranny guy INSISTS that its the front transfer case. I've never known a transmission noise to sound like a tire noise, but I was fooled into thinking it was a tire problem ... the tire store sent me back to the dealer who says its the bearing. So ...being a gambling man, I'll risk $250 to see if its NOT the tranny. What were your symptoms?

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