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Front wheel bearing hard to fit/change?

scottshere Jun 23, 2012

  1. scottshere

    scottshere Member

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    Need to change the wheel bearing and looking at doing it myself if it isnt a major task
    Looking at the images it is held by 4 bolts
    Anyone know if this is going to be one for a mechanic to sort?
     
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  3. Ste_Nova

    Ste_Nova Active Member

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    show me the images
     
  4. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Are you replacing just the bearing or the full hub? Replacing the hub is easier

    I did one a few weeks ago I thought it was easy but I tinker a lot

    It is held with 4 bolts as you say plus the center bolt on the hub needs to come out

    You don't have to remove the hub carrier as the book says but if you drop the bottom rear suspension arm you can remove the drive shaft to get in

    The bearing can be a pain to get out you don't need a press a big hammer and socket will do it
     
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    This is how it looks when ordering. Im guessing the rear suspension are can be a pain to get off
     
  6. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    Yeah that's just the bearing so you will need to remove the hub out of the bearing

    Mine came out of the bearing easy enough
     
  7. murran

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    its easier with the driveshaft out but try it with it in first.

    the bearing can also seize into the upright pretty solidly, if it is seized in then you'll need to remove the driveshaft. then 4 bolts from the back side, put them back in a couple of turns then whack the bolts to get the bearing shifted.

    still need to press the hub into the new bearing tho.
     
  8. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    You can just use a vice to press the hub in
     
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    There is a lot of rubbish you tube vids about this - I counted 10 joints/bushes but to to the wheel bearing only 1 needs to be undone

    the rear most lower joint ( that connects to the inboard silent bloc) then the drive shaft come completely out of the hub and I used a 40mm socket and lump hammer to tap it out.

    Where I got stuck was removeing ythe bearing from the hub flange - I had to take it to a garage and get it pressed out on a 10 tonne press!

    then when refitting I had to use a massive lorry lash strap from the back wheel to the strut in order to pull it back far enough to get the ball joint back in. Took me 6 hours in total - but when the other side goes - I reckon I will do it in 1 hour!
     

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