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Old 06-12-2012, 08:49 PM   #1
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Damn ABS Sensor

A little problem here....

I did my wheel bearings this weekend.
I removed the ABS Wheel speed sensors from both knuckles...the passenger side when in no problem but the driver side i could only get in about half way and that's as far as it will go.

I had a bit more trouble getting the knuckle back on to the hub on the driver's side. Could it be that it wasn't far enough on the hub?

I am going to bring it into the shop to make sure my spindle nuts are torqued correctly in the next couple days, I was using a 4' breaker and don't want to overdo it. Are there any other ideas as to why i can't get the sensor back in?

By the way, if anyone's wondering, just get the knuckle and bearing assembly when doing this job, instead of getting new bearings pressed in, unless you have a press of course.


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Old 06-12-2012, 10:09 PM   #2
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The bearing is not fully pressed in, bring it to the guy with the press and tell him to press it a little bit more.
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Old 06-12-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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Oh crappy, well not what I wanted to hear at all lol.
Guess i'm going to be really good at getting that knuckle off by the end of all this. I completely tore one of the new lower balljoint pinch bolts i had gotten from the dealer putting the passenger side back together, so the driver side got the "good" old one until i can get another.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:24 PM   #4
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Thought I would update. The bearing that wasn't pressed in properly failed and I replaced it, having it pressed in by another shop and it looks like they didn't press it all the way either. Is it possible there's something wrong with the knuckle?

I'm planning on replacing the entire front suspension in the spring so it should be fine for the time being. Are there any words of caution regarding pressing in bearings on my own? I plan on grabbing a 12 ton press. Which bearing drivers should I make sure I have to make sure I can properly press the hubs and bearings out/in without damaging them?
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Moving this up to Brakes, Suspension & Chassis since we split this off from the Wheels & Tires section a while ago.

I've found it's often easiest to use the old bearing shell as a press tool for installing the new one. Exact diameter where most tools wouldn't be. Just adapt from there with a plate or another driver between that & the ram of the press.

Even for ones that are recessed a bit for circlip room, a whack will get the old one out once the new one is in tight - doesn't get stuck when it's only in the bore less than 1/4".

Once you get a press you'll save all kinds of "scrap" parts to use as tools, piston pins & 2 stroke crank pins are favorites in my box.

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As to the hubs, seen & heard of ones worn or "egged" out so a new bearing was loose in the bore. Seen times when a bearing wasn't pushed in straight, cutting a ridge in the hole & not seated. Another bearing pushed in would only go to the same depth without some "machining" of the bore (small problems can sometimes be filed to fix).

One "trick" for pressing bearings is to clean & grease the bore. Some jobs you can't press, like aluminum castings with a bearing dropped in. Those you do by heating the casting in an oven while the bearing is in the freezer. Pull the bearing out with a glove, swipe some grease on it & drop into the casting. If it doesn't drop cleanly, just throw the assembly back into the oven 'till the bearing drops out & try again (that's how the blind bearings get removed). On many jobs, warming the outer part & chilling the inner can help whenever the fit looks to be tight, you don't have to press so hard then!

The actual pressing is the smallest part of any press job. Figuring a setup that'll work, and lining things up square B4 you start to push them together is key. If it doesn't start out right, just stop & try the setup again.

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Thanks sailor. I'll make sure to keep this in mind this spring. Never been much of a mechanic myself so everything has been learned as I go and most of that from here, Haynes and the factory manual. The car needs some tlc this spring as its been through almost 200k in the past 4 years (thankfully I stopped my 4 round trips a week between windsor and Toronto quite some time ago). I put close to 400 miles a week on it though.
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Sounds like you're close to the Guy who posted his 300,000 SVT, really cranking the miles. must be doing something right (grin)
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