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Wheel Bearings Failure

2003 Pontiac Grand Am

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Pontiac dealer. Seal Of Avoid Like The Plague


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,243 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
  3. replaced both wheel bearings on front of car on both sides (2 reports)
  4. replaced both wheel hubs (1 reports)
  5. replaced left wheel hub (1 reports)
2003 Pontiac Grand Am wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Pontiac Grand Am Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 022012

Grand Am SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I have a 2003 grand am I bought it new. I have had the floor board flooded since I bought the vehicle The hose coming from the sunroof keeps getting stopped up. The floor boards are probably rusted by now. They kept fixing the problem every year until the warranty expired and I had to pay 500.00 from the dealer to fix it myself. Now I cant afford it so it just have to keep rags there when it rains to soak up most of the water. I live in Louisiana so you know it rains a lot. Also now my dashboard is warped and all coming up cracking all my vents. I don't know what to do about that problem. And also my brake lights AB and Traf off light and Check engine soon and Service engine soon lights all come on it looks like a christmas tree lightning up at night. I have brought it to several mechanics which keep costing me a lot of money but no one can seem to find out what the problem is. This car has been a nightmare for me the dealers will not do anything to help they just give you a run around. I will never own a pontiac again.

- , Houma, LA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012012

Grand Am SE 2.2L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

This was the SECOND time I've had to have both front bearing assemblies replaced. The road noise was ridiculous, and I thought that surely they couldn't need replacing a second time. And yet, they were both shot again. Add this to the fact that the car eats brakes and rotors for breakfast, it's become something that I now plan on having to replace once again in a couple of years.

- , Wilmore, KY, USA

problem #7

Aug 022012

Grand Am GT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

When I bought the car, the front end made several noises - which most definitely should have been a red flag. But that whole 'young and dumb' thing came into play.


We buy the car, and there's this irritating squeaking noise in the left front wheel. I played it off like it was no big deal.

Then, one evening, I left a friend's house and my ABS and Trac Off lights were both on.

I suspected it was a bad wheel bearing. After some Googling, I learned that it was indeed a bad wheel bearing. I also learned that the wheel bearing itself cannot be replaced, rather, the whole wheel hub has to be replaced.

- , Johnston City, IL, USA

problem #6

Jun 062006

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,923 miles


Experienced gradually growing "growl" from the drivers side wheel. Took it to Mr Transmission and they replaced the drivers side wheel bearing. Fixed.

Less than a year later the same noise returned. Back to Mr.Transmission and they replaced it for free even though their warranty had expired..

About 6 months later the passenger side bearing started making noise. Bought the part and replaced it myself.

- , Aurora, Ontario, canada

problem #5

Mar 232011

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

I have had this car for 2 months and had to replace heads and replace both wheel hubs and still having problems with it stalling while at stop lights. (problem has happened before the head replacing)

- , Peru, IN, USA

problem #4

Oct 042010

Grand Am GT

  • 62,137 miles

I keep losing bearings on this car. In the last 3 years, the right front has been replaced 3 times, the left front twice, the right rear twice, and the left rear is stock.

- , Belleville, ON, Canada

problem #3

Apr 062005

Grand Am GT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,124 miles


The ABS, TRAC OFF and SERVICE VEHICLE SOON lights appear and chime when wheel bearing or ABS components fail. This has been an on going problem with this vehicle. I have replaced passenger front wheel bearing three times and driver front once. A broken wire to the sensor has been replaced twice. And the three lights are still on!

- , Elmira, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 022009

Grand Am 6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,000 miles

I have had my Pontiac for 5 years and "I have had to replace the wheel bearings on both sides twice already and today is the 3rd time.

- , Greenville, MI, USA

problem #1

Aug 012008

Grand Am SVT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles

I fixed this myself as I am a capable mechanic. I simply replaced the wheel bearings but now the problem has returned as the ABS light keeps coming on again. It is now everytime I turn the car on. Originally the problem was a humming coming from the front of the car but that was fixed since I replaced the wheel bearings. I had a bad feeling about this car when I bought it since I had bad luck with Pontiacs in the past, but it was sooo pretty so I bought it anyway. My loss. I think I am have a broken or loose connection under the car now and that is why the light is coming on. This fix would cost about $750 - $900 at a shop/dealer.

- , East Tawas, MI, USA

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