If that's the case, I'd think there was some defect from the factory. Like an over-torqued axle nut, which would case the bearing to fail pre-maturely. Bearings should last 10+ yrs and 100k+. You might want to explore that avenue with your dealer.maroguy1 said:That was exactly how my setup looked!! And I didn't have a problem getting the bearing off the spindle. The splines were seized inside the hub I mushroomed the bolt in the bottom pic even after heating it a couple of times. The put it back together and took it in. They then tried everything I did and still didn't budge so at that point u have to remove the axle and try the press and at 40k lbs it still wouldn't separate from the hub.
I just changed the wheel bearings on my 15 yr old GM Saturn and had no issues. That car lived in Ohio for 11 or 12 yrs. I'm gonna blame it on the parts. 42 mpg sounds amazing.maroguy1 said:The axle nut wasn't over torqued. I had no problem getting it off. Yah they took care of it because of the defect. Doesn't help this vehicle has been in michigan and now wisconsin so I am sure it has seen its fair share of salt. I had a 13 malibu as a loaner and after 84 miles I only used 2 gallons kinda miss the mileage of a car and the my link radio was nice too.