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dsol 10-22-2011 05:42 PM

wheel bearing
 
need to replace my wheel bearings. got a price and all that...and i have mechanical knowledge...just heard from another 2nd gen owner that there a pain even though there a self contained unit. anyone have a good diy or even just a say if its hard or easy.

2kram 10-23-2011 09:14 AM

Had them off twice for various reasons. First time was a PIA. When you put it back together USE anti-sieze, every time it's been off since they came off w/o having to cuss at it.:smiley_thumbs_up:

dsol 10-23-2011 10:55 PM

is it a contained unit? like will i have to replace the whole hub assembly or can i just buy and install a new wheel bearing?

Stangshcky12 10-23-2011 11:37 PM

I believe the 44s bearing just bolts on with 3 bolts to the axle shaft. Shouldn't have to replace the hub. I like to put new axle u joints I while I have it apart

dsol 10-24-2011 02:21 PM

do u happen to have pics? cant find a diy anywhere for it. really wanting to see a few pics of the process though before i start tearing it apart in the drive way lol

Okiespaniels 10-29-2011 10:47 AM

I don't know if this will give you the correct url, but this is a pretty basic article. Hopefullly I won't be chastised for doing this.

http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech-article-5.html

If your ball joints haven't been done recently this is a good time to do them as well. And the first time is a TOTAL PITA so have lots of penetrating oil and presoak the crap out of stuff and use lots of never sieze when reassembling the unit bearings in the hubs.
I did mine for the 2nd time last week and they popped right out.

The hub nuts are the toughest things to do if they are rusted. Get a 3/4 breaker bar or a HD air wrench and prepare to break the bar :) Soak them liberally with a GOOD penetrating oil (not WD-40) and start a week early.
You will need a good press if you do the ball joints and a torque wrench to set everything right, especially the hub nuts.

I would do the u-joints as well if they are rusted or no greasable. DO NOT use cheap azz auto store parts. Only buy spicer joints. You will thank yourself later.

dsol 10-30-2011 09:21 PM

thanks so much okie...saved my life..i will hopefully be able to do all this one weekend..looking to do wheel bearings, break pads, rotors, and possibly front u-joints all in one shot


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