Tech Tip: SKF Offers Technical Information for Hub Unit Part Number Specific to Cadillac DTS/Buick Lucerne

Tech Tip: SKF Offers Technical Information for Hub Unit Part Number Specific to Cadillac DTS/Buick Lucerne

SKF currently offers a pigtail-style hub unit - part number BR930548K - for the Cadillac DTS/Buick Lucerne. A recent technical bulletin by SKF provides technical information for preventing ABS sensor failure in pigtail-style hub assemblies. ABS system failures that happen shortly after hub unit installation can cause a technician concern and customer dissatisfaction. Several items should be checked when replacing the BR930548K or other pigtail style hub ....

SKF currently offers a pigtail style hub unit – part number BR930548K – for the Cadillac DTS/Buick Lucerne. A recent technical bulletin by SKF provides technical information for preventing ABS sensor failure in pigtail-style hub assemblies.

ABS system failures that happen shortly after hub unit installation can cause a technician concern and customer dissatisfaction. Several items should be checked when replacing the BR930548K or other pigtail-style hub assemblies to prevent additional unnecessary repairs:

• After removal of old hub unit make sure the steering knuckle is clean from rust. Excessive rust can lead to improper seating of hub assembly.

• During installation make sure the pigtail connector is routed correctly and not pinched in the knuckle.

• The connector clip must be completely seated on the backing plate. Failure to seat the clip will cause excessive movement in the pigtail wiring and internal damage will occur. The connector must also be properly secured to the harness connector.

• Make sure the weather pack has not fallen out of the harness. Replace if missing. Without the weather pack, water intrusion will occur damaging both the ABS sensor on the hub and the harness side wiring and connector.

• During the final installation process make sure the axle nut is torqued correctly.

• 06-08 Cadillac DTS with Soft Ride & Sport Suspension (FE1 or FE3) Torque to 118 ft-lbs/160 Nm.

• 06-08 Cadillac DTS with Heavy Duty Suspension (FE7) Torque to 170 ft-lbs/230 Nm.

• 06-08 Buick Lucerne Torque to 118 ft-lbs/160 Nm.

Note: Incorrect torque can damage the sensor cap and allow for water intrusion. Incorrect torque will also cause premature bearing failure.

Figure 1 shows a typical pigtail-style hub assembly with backing plate. The arrows in the figure are pointing to the ABS pigtail and pigtail connector clip. The clip may be metal or plastic.

For more information about SKF wheel end hub units, visit www.vsm.skf.com.

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