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Wheel Bearing Project
Posted 12 July 2005 - 02:53 AM
Warning 1: There are plenty of pics, so 56k be warned
Warning 2: There is some colorful language in this thread, all mine
Posted 12 July 2005 - 11:12 AM
After 10 years and 230,000 kilometers, my bearings are still ok, but i know it's only a matter of time before they begin giving up the ghost.
After reading your thread, I feel much more confident I will be able to tackle this job. I even have a 12 tons shop press waiting that i bought cheap last summer at an auction. I also have both an electrical and air impact wrench. So things might be even easier for me.
Posted 12 July 2005 - 07:50 PM
Posted 13 July 2005 - 01:20 AM
Don't use my timeframe either, as I get discouraged very easily and there were actually times when I didn't touch the car for 2 weeks.
However, I don't see how the stingiest person in the world could do just the bearings for less that $500 or in a couple days.
Plain and simple, this is the last big project I'm doing with hand tools. I'm already looking at air guns and compressors and all that. Not only is it much, much, MUCH more difficult, but it's impossible to get some stuff tight enough with hand tools (like the nuts on the strut rods that I had to have the guy at my job hit with the impact wrench).
The best thing I can tell you, is BE VERY CAREFUL when removing wheelstuds. I do not in any way recommend pounding them out with a hammer, as that's what ruined my old bearings. If you can find a way to press them out hydraulically or some such way, I recommend that.
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