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Old 05-02-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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question regarding rear drum/bearing replacemennt

So I have noticed a wobbling noise coming from the left rear side, and I suspect to be a bad wheel bearing. When replacing one, do I have to replace the other one as well? Do the wheel bearings (both) needs to be replaced at the same time?


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Check the lug nuts first to see if they are loose. If it is a bad wheel bearing it is best to do both sides at the same time as they were both installed at the same time and if they are bad on one side then the other side will have the same amount of wear and not be far behind it.


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Check the lug nuts first to see if they are loose. If it is a bad wheel bearing it is best to do both sides at the same time as they were both installed at the same time and if they are bad on one side then the other side will have the same amount of wear and not be far behind it.


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Thanks steve! Another thing too. Is it necessary to install a dust cap? I mean, does it protect the axle nut retainer, in some way?
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Also keeps dirt and water from getting to the bearing and causing premature wear, so yes use the dust cap. You may mess up the one on there trying to get it off, it happens, just go to the autoparts store and pick up a new one. They were only a few bucks the last time I checked.
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I have another question? Do I have to clean the new rear drum with brake cleaner? what about the spindle? and when connecting the rear drum, do I have to put any grease or something on the sides?
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I do not know what the pros do, but here is what I did yesterday. Cleaned outside top of new drums with soap/de-greaser and water. Painted new drums with black caliper paint. Lightly sand-papered the inside of the drums. Used compressed air to clean out the dust around the brake shoes. Placed a very light coat of wheel/bearing grease on the spindle.

If you have ABS, make sure you snap-off the tone ring and press it on the new drum.
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Sounds good, remember that NEW drums or rotors are coated with a preservative that needs to be removed with brake cleaner. You want them absolutely clean, no greasy fingerprints allowed. Clean rag and/or brake cleaner is all you want touching the friction surfaces, handle by the outside edges only.
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