How to Check If You Need Wheel Bearing Replacement
Most car owners with a broken down automobile will immediately take their vehicle to a mechanic to get it fixed. Although this is a good solution, auto mechanics can charge expensive prices that can be avoided by fixing the car yourself and that what i am offering you for free. Listed below are some helpful auto repair advice and tips for fixing common car problems .You should not be trying to take apart the engine if you don’t have the experience or qualifications for fixing an automobile. But simple assessments and repairs can be done by almost anyone who has a basic understanding of how a car works. Some basic things that every car owner and driver should know is checking the oil, transmission, and brake fluid levels to make sure they are properly filled. Dirty oil may also need to get changed periodically.Today I’am going to guide you step by step to go more further from checking, to DIY and help you to learn how you do some car repairs to save money and time.If you want to learn today is easy, thank you to the internet, just you must have patience to learn and stay away from the fear something is going to go wrong for you. I am not webmaster, marketer or articles writer, read about me, I learn to be one today in short period of time to give you all this free information. Its your turn to learn, is no precise time to learn to do some of the car repairs at the week-end. If you are ready, let’s start now with, How to change your car wheel bearing.
All the cars make use of two different types of wheel bearings. Relatively some cars utilize the serviceable wheel bearings that are different parts as compared to the hubs. The new cars utilize hub bearing assemblies having internally pressed bearings which may not be serviced. The problem is that either kind fail after certain amount of use. There are two types car strut, complete strut with wheel bearing shaft build in, the other strut is separated from knuckle. To change the wheel bearing from each one of theme is no difference, beside how they are fit on the car. Wheel bearings perform their duties in tough conditions constituting of heat and friction. They require good quality lubrication. But it doesn’t matter how well you do the maintenance, they will wear off after a while.
The first step before you start doing the job, may you hear like windy sound inside your car, wheel wobbling and vibration, or excessive play in steering. This is symptoms of the wheel bearing and is the time to be changed. If you don’t have this symptoms of the wheel bearing in your car, you can check your car wheel bearing following this steps.
Checking Wheel Bearing Hub Assemblies
Raise and jack up your car and use support if you have one. Place your hands at 9 and 3 positions and spin the tire fast with inward pressure for feeling resistance and listening to noises. Or you can drive your car at low speed, using the fifth gear while is up, you can do this operation for left side and after you do right, only if your car is front wheel drive. You going to hear wheel bearing making noise. If some else can drive the car for you hold with your fingers the strut spring, make sure you don’t touch your arm on the wheel when is on the spin may you feel vibration on the spring that mean you need to change a bearing. Now place your hands at 12 and 6 and try to wiggle the tire in rocking motion. In case there is any free play greater than 1/8th of an inch, it needs immediate replacement.
How To Remove The Wheel Bearing Hub Assemblies?
1- Loose and remove wheel nut, loose and remove the drive shaft nut. Someone must press for you the brakes to that.
2- Loose the two bolt holding the caliper half way, use screw drive to depress the caliper piston backward. Remove the caliper and suspend it out of the way, do not disconnect the flexible supply brake fluid hoses. If you car have ABS sensor in the front must be remove it too.
3- Remove the brake disc(rotor) by loosing small screw holding it if is one. Remove the back plate if is necessary.
4- Loose and remove the tie-rod end from knuckle, may you need to use special tools to remove it or just knock with hammer on side of the tie-rod and knuckle to release it.
5- Loose and remove the lower control arm and check may you need to loose stabilizer bar rod if your car have one.
6- Swing the knuckle out to clear the drive shaft from the hub. Make sure the drive shaft remains in position in the gearbox. If you driving VW don’t worry about it. The inner cv joint is holding with bolt on the gearbox.
7- Loose and remove the two bolts holding the knuckle on the strut, now remove the knuckle from strut and the control arm and you are done removing the complete knuckle from your car. If your car has other type of strut, you loose it from a top, you loose the control arm and you press it down, your car strut drop down, pull it out from your car. You are done. Let me know if it was hard to do it leaving your comment.
8- On the knuckle remove sealing ring (If applicable), remove cir-clips or other fixing elements, the circlips can be located internally in the knuckle, or externally on the bearing. First press out the hub using special tools (press machine or the wheel bearing puller). And remove the wheel bearing inner track from the hub with external puller. Reinstall the inner ring track into the bearing and pull out the bearing from the knuckle using a special tool or press machine.
( 1-Nut, 2-Washer, 3-Disc, 4- Caliper&Pads, 5-Hub, 6-Circlip, 7-Bearing, 8- Plate, 9-Knuckle, 10- Tie-Rod, 11-Lower Arm, 12- Circlip, 13- strut, 14- CV’S Joint)
How You Install Wheel Bearing ?
To install wheel bearing is not that hard if you are already remove it from knuckle. I will help you to install your wheel bearing by following this steps. You can purchase the wheel bearing from your local autoparts or from one online. They are different makes with different prices and what you can afford to buy. ( SKF,TIMKEN, FAG, PARTQUIP, ect)
On the hub wheel bearing there are two separate inner ring ( Cones) they must be all times be kept together in the bearing assembly. If not the bearing will be irreparably damaged. When you buy new wheel bearing is fitted with an internal plastic sleeve to keep the two inner rings together in the bearing assembly.
1- Apply lightly oil or grease the internal bearing seat of the knuckle. If the wheel bearing is the type to be greased fill it with clean wheel bearing grease.
2- If the knuckle is fitted with two internal cir-clips, install the outer one. Press the new bearing fully into the knuckle. Do not press in the middle of the wheel bearing, the press force must be applied to the outer ring of the bearing. otherwise you going to damage the bearing.
3- Fit and install the second cir-clip into position and install the sealing ring, grease the sealing lip. Position the knuckle under the presser machine and press the hub into the bearing do not use the hammer to do this operation. And do not remove the plastic sleeve it will be pushed out by the hub.
4- Refit the knuckle on the strut and tighten the attachment fixing to the specified torque load. Turn the knuckle to allow you to fit in the outer cv joint into the hub. Once is done connect the suspension back, the tie-rod end, control arm and the stabilizer bar if removed and tighten their fixing. If your wheel bearing kit come with new washer and nut refit theme to drive shaft. The drive shaft nut should be tightened to full torque load when your car wheels are on the ground.
5- Refit the cover plate, the brake disc and tighten the disc screw, and fit the ABS sensor. Refit the caliper and tighten the bolts. Refit the wheel and drop down your car. Tighten the wheels nuts or the bolts, do not forget to tighten the drive shaft nut or screw if not you can cause damage to the wheel bearing. Remove the wheels blocker, get inside your car apply or pump down your brake pedal, when the pedal get hard, now you can start your car, and go for test drive.
There are numerous car and bearing shops that offer affordable packages with adequate instructions on how to properly proceed with this replacement process. If you are unsure of how to do the replacement, then you can consult your mechanic in order to accomplish such task. You can subscribe for free ( How to remove and install a hub and wheel bearing kit ? ).
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