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Old 18 Sep 2009, 01:15 pm
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Default Wheel Bearing install

Mine are currently OK but I'm probably jinxing it by asking.
Looking at the service manual it looks easy enough until you have to press wheel studs, the hub and the bearing out.
Are there any tricks if you dont have a press?
Or do the local auto parts stores still have the the presses and bearing splitters?
I stopped doing repairs back when FWD cars just started. But 'economics' has brought me back.
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Old 18 Sep 2009, 01:51 pm
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Make sure you use NLGI bearing grease, most out there are. And yes, it's like any other car, the fronts are pressed into the knuckle, standard splitter, etc., to remove.

Getting them out isn't such a big deal, and getting them back in I just took the knuckle to a friends shop and had him press them back in. Cost me all of $15.

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Old 19 Sep 2009, 02:56 pm
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You did hex it - as soon as I read here and told the wife that front wheel bearings are known to go - hers went at less than 30K. Needed a new shaft and all.

I had it done - not that spendy at Les Schwab - and they included a 4-wheel alignment.

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Old 21 Sep 2009, 12:20 pm
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At the risk of screwing up someones brakes, one more question. Do most people turn the rotors on PTs when they do the brakes or are new rotors cheap enough to just replace them.
My brake experience goes back to the RWD days when you could tie a small dog up those heavy rotors.
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Old 23 Sep 2009, 08:14 am
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I've never turned mine. I don't think the parts stores do that anymore, at least not around here, and I don't have a lathe or a brake machine to make it happen.

I'm using stock brakes with slightly better garbage pads anyways, and the rotors are cheap chinese steel. Quite inexpensive at like $30 each if I recall.
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Old 23 Sep 2009, 11:59 am
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O'Rileys still turns rotors btu they get like $15 and as already saidf new ones are under $30 get a good set of pads and a set of new rotors and you should be good to go and they are easy to change
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