View Full Version : 144 K miles on my Chevy Colorado

11-05-2011, 05:57 AM
Not one of your most popular Mid-Sized Trucks, but..
I bought this one new off the lot in '04 and it has been a gem. Outside of the 3000 mile oil changes I have never missed and 4 sets of tires, it has been a near zero issue vehicle.
It finally has a small issue an inner wheel bearing crapped the bed, I noticed it when putting the new tires on.
$350 for the bearing and since I dont have the press $150 for labor.
I think I will change the tie rods when I get it home just to be safe.
I have to reccomend this one.

chad newton
11-05-2011, 07:21 AM
I wOuld, steering and breaks are the most important part. It sound like you have a good one, it just needs some freshening up.

11-05-2011, 02:03 PM
At that mileage, it's a real good idea to jack up the front wheels, one at a time, and check all the suspension joints (ball joints, steering, etc) for looseness. Try to rock the wheels up and down and side to side, being aware that some of the slop you may feel will be in the bearings. Use a pry bar to check for looseness in the joints if necessary. Also check all the universal joints in the drive train. If you haven't changed fluids in the transmission/transfer case/axles it's probably a good idea to do so.

11-06-2011, 01:54 AM
Rocking the wheels is how I caught the bearing.
I will change the fluids and filters tomorrow. This has been a great truck, I intend to keep it as long as it keeps rolling.

04-05-2012, 08:49 PM
I thought the wheel bearings were an issue on the Chevy full size trucks. My 02 Suburban 2500 had a wheel bearing go south last month, and I ended up just replacing both hub assemblies and doing the inner and outer tie rods and pitman and idler arm. While doing the pitman arm, looks like my steering box is starting to leak so that will be getting replaced shortly. I have had Fords, Chevys, Toyotas and Hondas. I've been pretty lucky with all of my vehicles over the years.

I'd go through the whole front end and get it all squared up. If you have an Advanced Auto near you, you can use the order online to store option and use the coupon code VISA for $50 off of $150. I did all of my front end with Moog parts and saved close to $300 with everything that I ordered using that coupon code.

04-06-2012, 07:58 AM
Good to hear that your Colorado has been so reliable. I just bought a 2006 CC Z71 3.5L I-5 with 41k miles on it last month. Hope it lasts a long long time.