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How to Replace the Carrier Bearing on a Chevy Equinox

by Russell Wood

The carrier bearing on a Chevrolet Equinox acts as a support for the driveline. This bearing mounts between the two halves of the driveshaft and bolts to the chassis. If the bearing wears down, the driveshaft will rattle around the underside of the vehicle. This will cause a vibration problem until eventually the driveshaft will fail. To fix the issue, replace the carrier bearing on the Equinox. The job should take about two hours.


Put the wheel chocks around the front wheels on the Equinox, then lift the rear of the vehicle up using the jack. Put jack stands underneath the body.


Unbolt the driveshaft from the axle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then unbolt the other half of the driveshaft from the PTU flange on the front of the vehicle. Unbolt the carrier bearing from the chassis. Pull the driveshaft assembly out from the bottom of the Equinox. Take the driveshaft assembly over to the large hydraulic press.


Set the driveshaft into the press and use the press to remove the carrier bearing from the driveshaft. Install the replacement carrier bearing on the driveshaft with the press, then put the driveshaft assembly underneath the Equinox.


Bolt the driveshaft carrier bearing to the chassis with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Bolt the driveshaft to the axle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then bolt it to the PTU flange with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.


Lower the Equinox off of the jack stands using the jack, then take off the wheel chocks.

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About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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