Rear Wheel bearing replacement

sean

Member
I have a noisy rear wheel bearing is it difficult to replace? will I need special tools ? I did the fronts a little while ago which were quite easy. On that note if anybody needs to borrow the tool to replace yours you are welcome (Colchester based)
Thanks in advance for any help
Sean
 

audifan

A2OC Donor
A puller to remove the hub and the inner bearing and a suitable tube to ensure new inner bearing fully seated - and a new nut.
 

sean

Member
Thanks for the link.... looks easy enough I would have thought that there would be a torque setting or free play adjustment if they are taper bearings??
Thanks again
 

sean

Member
A puller to remove the hub and the inner bearing and a suitable tube to ensure new inner bearing fully seated - and a new nut.
Ahh does the new bearing come on a new hub or do you need to press the bearing into the old hub? thanks
 

Rod davis

Member
I have replaced a rear wheel bearing on a drum hub last year as part of the mot. You simply take off the wheel and remove the drum. Some times a lip has formed and some leverage and tapping is needed. The bearing unit (about £20 is cheapest) is removed by undoing the 30mm nut and pulling off the unit. The new one just slides on and is tightened to recommended settings. I did it without measurement and the bearing is still good 20,000 miles later. Basically you tighten it snug then an extra 40 degrees or so which is a lot of force.
In summary, a very easy job.
 

kp 115

A2OC Donor
I have a noisy rear wheel bearing is it difficult to replace? will I need special tools ? I did the fronts a little while ago which were quite easy. On that note if anybody needs to borrow the tool to replace yours you are welcome (Colchester based)
Thanks in advance for any help
Sean
Hi Sean,
I did mine shortly after doing the fronts & bought a cheap puller set for the job only to undo the nut & have both bearing assemblies pull off by hand .
maybe the failed bearing made them easy to get off!

Hth
Keith
 

Rod davis

Member
There is no need for a puller on this job. The bearing unit just slides over the stub axle. I suppose some may get gunged up but a bit of tapping could be used if that is the case. The bearing is part of the unit and does not have to be seated.
 

kp 115

A2OC Donor
There is no need for a puller on this job. The bearing unit just slides over the stub axle. I suppose some may get gunged up but a bit of tapping could be used if that is the case. The bearing is part of the unit and does not have to be seated.
Hi Rod Davis,
that would explain why mine were so easy to get off, if only the other jobs were as simple😀
Thanks
Keith
 

Rusty911

A2OC Donor
Inspired by the OP, I've just done mine: easiest job on the car so far! Literally under 15mins including putting car into workshop and jacking it up.

No special tools: No27 torx (drum screw) 30mm twelve sided socket, breaker bar and a torque wrench if you're keen (70NM plus 30 degrees, new nut).

As others have said, it just pulls off.

I think the only thing of note was that my kit didn't come with a new hub nut cap, so be careful to remove the existing one in one usable piece.
 
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sean

Member
Many thanks all. I will sort it hopefully over the weekend. Its done 175k miles now so I shouldn't moan : )
 

sean

Member
Just an update. The rear bearing is an easy job. I did need a three legged puller as the shaft was stuck on, im sure a simple puller could be fabricated if you don't have one. When my hub came off it left behind the outer race. I used a sharp cold chisel to remove the outer race which was fairly easy.
Thanks for your help

Regards
Sean
 

cheechy

A2OC Donor
Inspired by the OP, I've just done mine: easiest job on the car so far! Literally under 15mins including putting car into workshop and jacking it up.

No special tools: No27 torx (drum screw) 30mm twelve sided socket, breaker bar and a torque wrench if you're keen (70NM plus 90 degrees, new nut).

As others have said, it just pulls off.

I think the only thing of note was that my kit didn't come with a new hub nut cap, so be careful to remove the existing one in one usable piece.
isn't it 30 degrees? 90 is quite a bit of extra force?
 
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