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I just had to replace a passenger side wheel bearing on my sister in laws '11 T&C with 145k miles. She was complaining of noisy brakes and those were replaced just this January. So I took it around the block and suddenly heard the horrible grinding noise that passed through the chassis into the seats and steering. I knew right away that it was not brakes. They squeak more so than grind with such vibration.

Here are some pictures of the repair.

4x15mm bolts hold the hub on the knuckle, 32mm socket for the axle nut, and then I think 21mm for the two bolts on the caliper bracket. Took those out with an air impact and was able to re-assemble with the new part in about 30-40min start to finish, on the ground.

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Automotive tire Motor vehicle Vehicle brake Rim Gas


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Automotive tire Crankset Motor vehicle Vehicle brake Wheel

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: Video of loose wheel bearing
 

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How many Hail Mary's does she say before driving that thing? Those struts look like they are kept together with prayers with all that rust on them.
Oh man, I told her she cant leave my house, she took my T&C to go to work while I swapped it out. The rest is in very good shape, no noises, nothing is loose but yes it does have surface rust everywhere, that's the price we pay to have snow in the forecasts up here in the rust belt. That bearing was soooooo lose, I have never seen one this bad.
 

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You guys need to be doing something to protect your vans. Struts blowing out suddenly is no fun at all. Over 7 years old and mine look like this:
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Granted, I don't live in the salt belt, but that's original paint on those. A lot of dust, but no rust. This comes naturally, but you guys have to work for it. Cleaning off salt, oiling, and rust proofing. It's the price you pay for snowmen. :p
Man I hear ya 100%!!! She bought hers used with 135k Michigan car in great shape, her purchase convinced me to buy my 13 which was Florida Michigan van and I’m trying to keep ‘em both alive, mine actually had 2 different struts one is rusted and silver and the other is leaking but black so I have to do both at some point but I also started ownership at 135k and now at 142k needing flex pipe and motor mount next before the struts. Here drives way smoother than mine, I am due for new front struts’
 
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