I had been hearing an unusual noise from the front end of the Cirrus which turned out to be a wheel bearing.
I ordered a Timken replacement.
The modern wheel bearing on most new vehicles is a hub and bearing assembly, where the wheel hub and bearing are one piece. It's actually pretty convenient.
The hub bearing assembly bolts to the steering knuckle in three places and can be removed without much drama, at least in this part of the country where we don't use chemicals on the roads in the winter.
I brought a few large sockets and my hub puller home from work just in case.
I also brought my torque wrench home for installing the axle nut.
The axle nut holds the front axle to the wheel hub, and can be seen in the photo above.
After lifting the car in the air and removing the LF wheel, I removed the brake rotor and moved the caliper out of the way.
The hub bearing assembly is held in place by three long bolts, one of which can be seen in the photo above.
Since Chrysler has to be "different," the bolts that hold the hub bearing assembly in place are not the standard issue hex head bolts.
These are Inverted Torx bolts and require special sockets, which I have.
Mother Nature took the opportunity at this point to remind me of who is actually in charge of this operation.
It was just a brief shower, but enough of a shower to make me have to put everything away.
Once the shower ended, I grabbed the hammer and a small chisel and removed the old hub bearing. It came out pretty easily.
I cleaned the bore on the steering knuckle, applied some anti-seize, and bolted the new hub bearing in place.
Normally, I would replace the axle nut. But since the part I got was wrong, I had to reuse the old nut. This meant I had to use red threadlocker to make sure it would stay in place.