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Old 04-29-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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help with rear drum/wheel bearing replacement

So my ford focus 2001 zx3 2.0 DOHC started to have some wobbling noise coming from the rear left side, which seems to be a bad wheel bearing. Since replacing just the bearing its a pain in the ass, I was going to get the drum with the bearing already pressed. When replacing a rear drum, do I have to put a new Centric Spindle Nut/Disc or use the old one? what about the spindle stub shaft? I would really appreciate your help


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Old 04-29-2014, 11:38 AM   #2
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Retaining nut can be re-used 3 or 4 times... New nuts are almost $20 each. Spindle does not need to be replaced unless corroded/damaged.
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Replaced my rear drums, brakes and spindles last summer. My vehicle was upwards of 185 000 kms at that point. After years of potholes in the spring, rust and salt corrosion and general use, I decided to just bite the bullet and replaced everything.

I used the drums with the pre-pressed bearings which made the job faster and easier overall. HOWEVER, even though the spindles were fresh out of the box, one of them was slightly oversized. The leading edge of the spindle would not insert into the bearing. If you do decide to replace the spindles, make sure to dry fit them first into the new bearings.

Don't know your level of mechanical experience but hope this little tip helps.
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Last time I did the drums I used a torque wrench that maxed out at 150 ft lbs. Happy to report that Auto Zone had a bigger one in the "tool loan program". $100.00 deposit required. Now I can get an accurate 175 ft lb torque on my brand new retaining nuts.
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