Has anyone replaced the rear wheel hubs on their X series hatch of the 5th gen? My VX has 157000 miles and I wonder if replacing the rear hubs will result in less road noise coming from the back. I don't think they're bad but it has been 15 years since I've driven a new VX.
Anyway, I don't know if it is tire noise or bearing noise for sure. I can get replacements for $100 per side but I wonder if the axle nut on the rear hub is as much of a b**** as the the axle nuts on the front wheels are to remove. Man, I had to use 700 lb ft of torque to loosen them. So, I really don't want to do this if it won't result in less noise from the back wheels.
To anticipate questions in advance. Yes I have a cargo cover, yes the rear seats are in the car and in their upright position, yes the tires are in good condition - only three months old actually. Yes I have drum brakes and yes they are in good operating condition.
Responses from the VX drivers with 200K, 300K or even more miles (gasp!) is greatly appreciated.
Replacing rear hubs is easier than replacing a front axle. I've done it on a number of Hondas My CRX of late being the most recent. It involves removing the rear drum, dust cover and then breaking loose the rear spindle nut (easier than the front one since it's protected from the elements), pulling off the bearing/Hub assembly and then reverse everything to put the new one on. And yes, that should reduce your road noise unless your rear tires have lots of tiny tread blocks. but still it should reduce your road noise.
Road noise from tires or ??? When I drive south on HW 101 in the right lane, my rear is louder than heck (I have my back seat and carpet out). Troad surface is rougher concrete. But when I lane change over to that brand new black top left lane, the nois drop way, way down.
So in my case it is pretty clear it is tire/road noise.
Yeah LC, I know what you mean - the noise is very pavement dependent. I was just hoping I could make the back quieter. I know there are noise deadening materials I could install but I don't want to spend the $$$$ and add additional weight - even though it would only be about 10 lbs????
I will have to do what I always do - crank up the tunes and enjoy the ride.
have you checked them by jacking the car up and spinning the wheel? grasping the wheel and wiggling it side to side?
I think you can adjust them, tighten them to make up for any slight wear, as I'm pretty sure they are tapered roller bearings.
I did that on my crx, and my '83 civic hatch, and it helped alot on both of those both in handling, and noise.
At the moment, it's tire noise. Rotated the tires yesterday. I bought a pair of close out Douglas tires cheap (Walmart label - Cooper tire I think) and they are noisy on the front now. While the rear end was off the ground I checked for wheel hub looseness - none at all. The odometer is now reading about 4% too few miles with the 175 70/13 on the front now. Have the two 165 70/13's on the rear. Thanks to all for your helpful hints.