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Old 04-28-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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Replacing Front Right Wheel Bearing

How do you go about doing this? I have a local shop that will do it for $200, but if I can do it myself and save some money, then I will. Do I need any special tools or anything? I have heard that you need a 20 ton press to replace the bearings, do I have to have this or can I use a drift?

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Old 04-28-2009, 11:50 AM   #2
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Hey, just curious, I saw this on Summit Racing, are these any good? Also, can they handle high horsepower applications (like 200-300 hp)?
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never messed with anything from summit racing. yes you need a press. if you use a drift you will damage it.

go to autozone, advanced, or o'reilly's and get a haynes repair manual for your car and look it up in there. you wont regret buying it. mine has paid for itself about 100 times.
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I need wheelbearings also but as it says the one in the pic is not the bearing that you will actually get, you will most likely just get a bearing, I wish we had those bolt in ones like in the picture. Get them from mike, he quoted me 31.99 with out ABS.
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About the only thing you can do to save yourself money is remove the spindle yourself and take it to a machine shop or a repair shop to have the bearing pressed in and out for you. I'd call in advance to make sure the shop you are calling is agreeable with this arrangement.

I wouldn't use a pickle fork on the ball joint or the tie rod as it can damage the joint and the boot.
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do not pickly fork the ball joint
it will mess it up badly
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The old wheel bearing can be removed from the spindle with a drift. It's tough but possible to do it that way. The bearing will be destroyed

Getting the new bearing back in that way is possible, but not practical. You'd need a special set of tools with the right-sized adapter (if you could even find it). As stated....taking the spindle to a shop for the job, would be your best/cheapest bet.
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Go to pep boys or something with a 6 pack and walk in the garage door and ask a tech to swap out the old with the new for ya. Thats what I always did before I got my 50 ton press
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Well, I ended up paying the guy $200 to replace it. He showed me the old bearing after he took it out, he had to smash it to pieces to get it out. I'm soooo glad I had him do it, because if I couldn't have gotten the old one out I would be stranded. Thanks for the help guys. The car drives GREAT now, it handles like a totally different car now.

Just curious, do the bearings have a break-in period?
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nope! glad to hear you got it fixed!
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