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93 Loyale Rear Wheel Bearing
Posted 26 August 2006 - 11:37 AM
I'm trying to decide whether or not to tackle this job or deliver to my mechanic down the road. The time I spend might be better on other responsibilities that could bring in some money.
Do I have to remove brake line? Go thru the bleading process? I sound like a wimp (but i'm rj btch )....but I know how a 2hr repair can turn into 5 or more with runs back and forth to parts store etc. Should both rear bearings be done at this time assuming same mileage?
I did find the following thread
http://www.ultimates... wheel bearings
but who wants to hold my hand further?
Posted 26 August 2006 - 02:57 PM
Posted 26 August 2006 - 08:38 PM
Posted 26 August 2006 - 10:03 PM
I'm assuming your car is 4WD. If not, it's even easier than what I describe...
I always take the control arm off, and have them pressed. I just feel better about the job having them done professionally. Most of the bearing job is labor, so the machine work is very cost effective. If you do the dissasembly yourself, you are talking the cost of parts and 1/2 - 1 hour of shop time.
The problem with this kind of work is that those components take a lot of weathering and abuse, and disssaembly doesn't always go smoothly. You might get lucky, but maybe not. Stripped/broken bolts, stubborn axle pins, all those things can ruin your day. Ultimately, any problems you encounter can be overcome, but you need to think about your skills, tools, and outside resources anytime you tackle something like this.
My advice is that you should not attempt this unless you have other transportation available. If you run into problems, you could be without wheels for 1-2 weeks - assuming that you have the means to pull it back together if things get rough. Not sayin' that this will necessarily happen, but unless you've been thru a "nightmare" before, you should always be prepared for the possibility of a worst case scenerio. They do happen with 15-20 year old cars on occasion...
good luck, John
Posted 27 August 2006 - 04:33 AM
anyhow, it should NOT be beyond your scope as a job. just replace all of them at once to avoid a hassle later. and torque those puppies down, its something like 130 or 170 ft lbs spec, some people do more i think? but 130 is.. alot..
Posted 31 August 2006 - 02:07 PM
Posted 31 August 2006 - 02:59 PM
the race is the surface that the bearing rides on. you know what the wheel bearing looks like, right? if you look at it from above (as it will be mounted in the hub) the bearing takes on a trapezoidal shape... that trapezoid fits into a ring that gets pressed into the hub, the outside of the ring is perfectly round to match the hub, the inside of the ring is tapered to match the bearing. that ring is called a race. they make it a separate part so it can be replaced when it gets worn. (IE, when you relpace the bearing) The new race comes with the new bearing, so its not an extra part to buy or anything. there shouldnt be any seals that NEED to be replaced, but you may find you want to replace an o-ring or something, i cant recall.. but alot of the time whats still on the car is OK. it may be a corner i shouldnt cut but its one i frequently have with little thought.
Posted 31 August 2006 - 03:50 PM
Posted 31 August 2006 - 04:38 PM
Posted 31 August 2006 - 05:19 PM
Posted 01 September 2006 - 03:46 AM
I know i have done it far too many times for my own comfort but yah, now you know what a race is. heh, good luck getting the old ones out. i hate to say that and not give you any tips but i think i may have blocked those memories....i did my rear bearings one at a time, as they were going out.. well, one side was one a ta time, then the other side died and i got both of them at once. i have been "getting back on my feet" too many times in the last two years....
Posted 01 September 2006 - 11:05 AM
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Posted 04 September 2006 - 11:38 AM
Posted 05 September 2006 - 06:02 AM
what im saying is, I had a time with one of the races. I wish I had just paid someone. somehow, though, that never seems to be an option for me.. other than something like an lignment, thats beyond my scope to do right.
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