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NHTSA — Suspension: Front: Wheel Bearing Problems Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,750 miles

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am suspension problems

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2001 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 172014

Grand Am

  • 157,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, a noise emitted from under the front driver's side of the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle started to sway back and forth as the service engine and maintenance warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the ignition switch and both front end wheel bearings needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 157,000.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #3

Feb 092006

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front driver side wheel bearing failure. I have had me wheel bearing replaced twice in the last year and it is going bad again so that will make it 3 times in 12 months. The first failure was under warranty and was replace free of charge. The second failure happened just after is was out of warranty and I had to pay to have it fixed even though it was replaced 5 months earlier. Now is it bad again. I have never had so many problems with one car. The turn signals work sometimes, the car doesn't start all the time.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 052004

Grand Am 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Wheel bearing both front wheels.

- Marion Bridge, 00, USA

problem #1

Feb 202003

Grand Am 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
I have had both of my front wheel bearings go bad on my 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, within 50,000 miles. I can't seem to make GM or my attorney general understand that sealed wheel bearings are not a routine maintenance item. They tell me there is no recall and since my warranty is over they will not address this situation. I'm told there is no recall on these parts. One would think that this could be a coincidence, but I find out that the small parts store I use in northern Michigan, has this bearing in stock. I'm told that this bearing also fits the Alero, and Malibu. My mechanic states that they are alway changing these. So I'm not sure what is going on, but I would like someone to verify that a sealed wheel bearing is not a routine maintainance item.

- Houghton Lake, MI, USA

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