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Old 28 Oct 2011, 01:49 am
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Ok, first off I'm new here, and not too big on Forums but this is for my girlfriend and want to make sure I can get the best amount of feedback I can on this. She has a 2002 PT Cruiser Limited Edition. It's just a basic 4 cylinder with auto trans. Her car is in need of front wheel bearings. I'm quite the shade tree mechanic and want to know what I'm up against, and maybe a brief how to and what to look for. Thnks!
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 01:52 am
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The bearings are not that difficult to find nor to pull, but putting them back in requires someone with a press. I took mine to a friend and he pressed them in for me for his going rate, $15. Gotta make sure though that they are good and well greased!
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 05:09 am
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... not forgetting to make sure you get the bearings for a 2002 car, they changed in 2004 to 39mm deep (from 33mm I think)

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Old 28 Oct 2011, 08:05 am
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... not forgetting to make sure you get the bearings for a 2002 car, they changed in 2004 to 39mm deep (from 33mm I think)

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From 02-03 they changed from 33mm to 39mm.

Here is how you do it:

http://www.tamparacing.com/forums/do...t-cruiser.html
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 08:37 am
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From 02-03 they changed from 33mm to 39mm.

Here is how you do it:

Horrible Left Front Wheel Area Noise - 2002 PT Cruiser
Right, sorry. Mine's an 04 and has the new ones... hence the confusion
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 10:48 am
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Thanks for the help, I appreciate the info. The bearing it self, removal. Is it something that requires easy amounts of force to ease it out, or is it something that is violant and using mad force? As one or two of you stated, the bearings are pressed in. Can a DIY-er get the new bearing in, with like a floor jack or sledge hammer ( used strategically)
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 10:51 am
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Thanks for the help, I appreciate the info. The bearing it self, removal. Is it something that requires easy amounts of force to ease it out, or is it something that is violant and using mad force? As one or two of you stated, the bearings are pressed in. Can a DIY-er get the new bearing in, with like a floor jack or sledge hammer ( used strategically)
You'll need a press..or you can take the spindles out and get them pressed at a local shop btw I have a press, so if you are close to me I'll do it for you
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 11:22 am
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Or huge vice.

You can 'slice' race off hub w/ dremel:



We're in down to our last dollar Neon owner's, so not uncommon.

Big 'Ford tool' works too!!
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Old 28 Oct 2011, 01:23 pm
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It's an easy-ish fix if you go to a small shop and get them to press it out/in for you. I did it a month or two ago and it took about an hour including a visit to the shop. You'll need a large sized socket (mine was 32mm I believe) to get the hub off but otherwise no 'special' tools. Check the bushings on the control arms and the ball joints when (actually, before) you do this project as you may (probably do) need bushings too. If you have to take the steering arm off you might as well take it all off at the same time.
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NAPA by me will press the bering in iof you buy it from them for free its nto a hard job at all go for it
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