How to Replace a Wheel Bearing

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Wheel Bearing . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Floor Jack
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Bearing Race Driver
  • Channellock Pliers
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Jack Stand Set

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $0.00 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $181.82 parts and labor

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  • Park the car on a flat surface and set it on parking brake.
  • Raise the vehicle with a jack. You need not to hire or buy it separately, because every vehicle comes with its own floor jack.
  • Take jack stands and secure the vehicle on them to ensure your safety during the repair work. Don’t just rely on jack as the vehicle may fall over you while you are working underneath it.
  • Take the wheels off from the vehicle by unfastening the lug nuts holding them in place on the rims.
  • Once the wheel is removed, search for brake caliper.
  • Loosen the bolts or pins holding the brake caliper with the help of suitable socket or a ratchet.
  • Next you have to take the wheel hub dust cap away with channel lock pliers. You can use screwdriver as well.
  • Take the cotter pin, nuts and washer out with the help of needle nose pliers or channel lock pliers.
  • Take the outer wheel bearing off.
  • Thread back the hub onto the spindle in order to remove the inner bearing. Grab and draw away the hub/rotor. In case there is a hat style rotor along with firm hub bearings, depress them to detach the bearing from the hub.
  • Take a hammer and tap the inner and out races to take them out.
  • Take a cloth and clean the rotor hub properly to make them free from dirt, dust or grease patches. Examine the hub for any signs of damage.
  • Take new inner and outer races and strike them with hammer to fix them in their place.
  • Apply the recommended type of grease on the new inner and outer wheel bearings. This grease can remain active in high temperatures and pressures.
  • Apply the same grease to the inner side of the hub.
  • Fix the inner wheel bearing in the hub and secure it with a seal. You have to use seal installer tool to apply seal to the inner wheel bearing.
  • Apply a thin coat of grease on the spindle before positioning the bearing hub assembly on the spindle.
  • Now, fix the outer wheel bearing along with washer. Fasten the wheeling bearing hub nut also and apply the cotter pin on it.
  • Next you have to put the wheel bearing dust cap back.
  • Clean the hub/rotor with brake cleaner. Make sure no grease or dust left behind.
  • Glide the brake caliper onto the brake rotor and make sure it sits proper on brake cover.
  • Secure the brake caliper over the brake rotor with bolts with appropriate socket wrench or ratchet.
  • Install the rim and tire back over the hub. Follow manufacturer’s specifications to torque the lug nuts.
  • Turn the wheel with hand and observe the sound of the new bearings.
  • Take a small drive to ensure that the new bearings and brake is properly operating.

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