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Old 03-22-2007, 10:56 AM   #1
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Replacing Rear Wheel Bearing

This is kinda a cheap and non-do-it-yourself article, but I thought I'd post on the procedures that I had to go through to remove the spindle to replace the wheel bearing.

I'll go ahead and go through some of the symptoms of a bad wheel bearings, and how to detect one as well.

Some common noises/sounds:
1. A jet plane in your wheel on the highway
2. A noise only when you're turning in a certain direction.

There's a quick and easy way to diagnose a bad wheel bearing:
Jack the car up around the wheel you suspect. You don't need to remove anything, and while the car is jacked up try and move the wheel side to side. If there is excessive play, you have a wearing wheel bearing, or it has gone bad!

It is wise to fix the problem because if they go bad, there are chances of the wheel coming off, or wobbling horribly while you're driving possibly causing life threating problems.

With this said I drove with a VERY wearing wheel bearing for six months. So... I wasn't safe.

Now to start the procedure.

All that you will need for this is the following:
Some type of ball joint remover, preferably pitman arm puller to save boots
12MM, 14MM, and 17MM sockets
Small mallet
Replacement wheel bearing


1. Remove all the lugnuts and remove tire.
2. Remove brake assembly. There'll be two 12MM bolts holding brake pad assembly, and two 14MM bolts holding the caliper bracket (or as I like to call it). Place the caliper aside, preferably with a string holding it up.
3. Remove tie-rod end with whatever tool you are using. There'll be a 17MM castle nut w/ a cotter pin through it. Then proceed to remove the lower ball joint from the LCA. This is 17MM w/ Castle nut as well. Remove cotter pin, then bang on the direct areas around the ball joints to loosen 'em up if the suspension is stock/old.
4. To save the upper ball joint boot, simply unbolt the upper ball joint from the UCA. There are two 17MM nuts hold it up there.

And voila! you have your spindle off!

Then take the spindle to your local mechanic. I get my stuff pressed in at 12.50+/- a buck. I always tip!
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Old 05-27-2007, 02:59 PM   #2
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Great write-up, sad to see no one's left a comment yet. I think I need this done to mine! I've had this real bad jittery vibration while driving for like 3 months now. Replaced rotors, etc, had alignment, rotated tires and still no luck. However, I do have a bad driveaxle. I'll do the wheel check thing, thanks for the tips!
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so i take off the spindle? and take all of it to a shop?????
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anyone????
Yes, you actually take the spindle assembly off and take it to the shop The labor should be less than 15/20 dollars. This option was for those who dont have a press in their possession.
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specific vehicle this is for?
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