How to Replace the Hub Assembly on a 2002 Venture

By Tim Petruccio , last updated March 13, 2012
The 2002 Chevrolet Venture was available in 10 different submodels, with front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and the extended wheelbase Warner Bros. models. The engine in the 2002 Chevrolet Venture was a 3.4-liter V-6, capable of producing 185 horsepower and 215 foot-pounds of torque. The front wheel bearings or hub bearings on the 2002 Venture, are an integral part of the hub assembly. The hub bearings include the wheel bearing and the entire wheel hub in one assembly. Extra care should be taken for the thin wheel speed sensor wiring, attached to the front hub bearings.
  1. Remove the wheel front wheel cover or center cap, from the side of the Venture that you are replacing the hub bearing on. Use a small pry bar or a flat-head screwdriver for removal. Loosen the center axle nut, using a 1/2-inch-drive breaker bar and a spindle nut socket. Do not remove the nut at this time. Loosen the front wheel lug nuts, using a tire iron.
  2. Raise the front of the Venture, using a jack. Place jack stands beneath the front subframe rails, just inward from the lower control arms. Do not place the stands beneath the control arms. Lower the Venture onto the jack stands. Remove the wheel nuts completely, then remove the front wheels. Remove the axle nut with a 1/2-inch-drive ratchet and your spindle nut socket.
  3. Insert a small pry bar or screwdriver into the opening on the outer casing of the caliper. Pry the caliper body outward slightly to loosen the brake pads from the rotor. Remove the brake caliper mounting bracket bolts from the inboard side of the steering knuckle. Remove the entire brake caliper bracket and caliper assembly from the steering knuckle as a whole. Hang the caliper and bracket from the front strut coil spring, using a metal clothes hanger. Do not allow the assembly to hang from the rubber hose attached to the caliper.
  4. Open the driver's door of the Venture. Make sure that the wiper, headlight and fan switches are all off. Turn the ignition key to the "Acc" position. Turn the radio off to save your battery. Roll the driver's window down slightly to ensure that you will not get locked out of the van. Exit the driver's side of the Venture and go back to the side of the van you are working on.
  5. Remove the wheel speed sensor from the bracket at the lower control arm. Disconnect the wheel speed sensor electrical connector by hand. Install a three-jaw puller onto the hub bearing. Turn the center bolt directly into the end of the axle. Push the axle inward with the puller until the axle pops free from the inner bearing splines and moves freely. Use a ratchet and socket to turn the puller center bolt, and remove the puller once the axle is free.
  6. Manipulate the steering knuckle so that the rearward face of the knuckle is turned completely outward. Remove the upper and rearward bearing mounting bolts, using a ratchet, socket and extension. Push the axle inward with the palm of your hand to assist you in clearing the CV boot on the inward side of the axle. Turn the steering knuckle the opposite way to access and remove the forward facing bearing mounting bolt.
  7. Remove the wheel bearing and shim plate from the steering knuckle. If the bearing will not come free from the knuckle by hand, install a slide hammer on three of the wheel studs. Tighten three wheel nuts onto the slide hammer, then utilize the slide hammer to remove the wheel bearing from the steering knuckle. Remove the wheel bearing shim plate from the steering knuckle by hand.
  8. Inspect and thoroughly clean the inner sides of the wheel bearing mounting hole on the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush to remove all the corrosion from the inner sides of the wheel bearing mounting hole. Apply a light coating of high-temperature bearing grease onto the inner sides of the hole and onto the axle splines. Insert the bearing shim plate against the face of the steering knuckle. Lubricate the outboard side of the shim plate with a light coating of the grease.
  9. Install the new hub bearing over the axle and onto the steering knuckle. Push the bearing into the knuckle mounting hole by hand. Push the axle outward from behind the knuckle until it slightly protrudes from the outboard face of the new hub bearing. Install the axle nut onto the axle a few threads, using your hand to ensure proper threading.
  10. Install the three hub bearing mounting bolts from the inboard side of the steering knuckle. Tighten the bolts with your ratchet and socket. Torque the bolts to 96 foot-pounds, using a 1/2-inch-drive torque wrench and socket, with an extension if needed. Connect the wheel speed sensor electrical connector by hand. Install the sensor connector on the clip near the lower control arm by hand.
  11. Install the brake rotor onto the new hub bearing, and spin one lug nut against the face of the rotor to hold it still for the brake assembly installation. Install the brake caliper and bracket over the brake rotor. Install and tighten the caliper bracket mounting bolts to 137 foot-pounds, with the torque wrench and a socket. Remove the single lug nut from the rotor face and wheel stud.
  12. Repeat steps 1 through 11 to complete the wheel hub bearing installation on the other side of the Venture. Install the front wheels, and tighten the lug nuts snug with your tire iron. Raise the Venture off of the jack stands, and remove the stands from below the minivan. Lower the Venture to the ground. Immediately tighten the axle nut to 118 foot-pounds, using your 1/2-inch-drive torque wrench and a spindle nut socket. Tighten the front lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds, using the torque wrench and a wheel nut socket.
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