The drive shaft is a two part design. Use a length of mechanic's wire or rope to bind it to the coil spring of the suspension to avoid it from dangling from the rubber brake hose. If it is a whining noise, the vehicle is low on steering fluid or the power steering pump may be going bad. Failure to properly torques the bearing will result in premature bearing failure. I tried to search for a Haynes Manual but I can only find one up through 2007. Allow the penetrating lubricant time to soak in.
I just did this myself on a 2003 Ion and it went very smoothly. I only put about 10 to 15k miles on this bearing. I want to make sure its correct. I seems like the shop has been full of suspension work lately. Break the spindle nut loose one full turn with the breaker bar and a 34-mm spindle nut socket for a front bearing or a 30-mm spindle nut socket for a rear bearing. Now, the same side is humming like a crop duster again.
Make sure you install the metal bracket where it was and then put on the hub. There will be three bolts. Last time they ordered the wrong part twice. It's always an awesome car show. I am thinking about maybe going with a precision wheel hub assembly from oreilly.
Rotate hub while tightening and don't tighten too tight to stop rotation. I've had no problems with the Timkens. It's over a year so its out of warranty. Make sure you torque it to factory specs using a new nut. The spindle looks like a top hat with at tiny top.
You will remove the wheel and the brake rotor or drum. You can see the difference between the Moog part and the stock one. I forgot to mention that I used high strength thread locker on the 3 hub bolts. I had to replace both fronts a couple months ago. Some bearings can reach 100,000 miles or more.
The belt and water pump must be replaced every 100,000 miles. I have an 02 and it moans when I steer right in the column, not further under the hood too. They are crap and just don't last! Put the nut-lock on and the cotter pin back in and you're set. At least the first replacement was under warranty. Be sure to disconnect it from every retaining device along its length to the plug. .
There will be three bolts. I got one from autozone duralast. It's not easy to change you need a bearing press. Has anyone had a repeat problem with this? I called autozone and they told me the same thing. Tighten center bolts first, then outer. My 03 Vue had a bad carrier bearing.
This happened after it was nearly completely undriven for a couple of years except for occasional Sunday forays to take my mother-in-law to church. I was annoyed at first by that but after replacing it I think it is a pretty good way to go. Break the spindle nut loose one full turn with the breaker bar and a 34-mm spindle nut socket for a front bearing or a 30-mm spindle nut socket for a rear bearing. Remove the four bolts that hold the hub to the knuckle. Maybe I will see you there! You don't want them coming loose over time.