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Old 12-17-2009, 12:37 AM   #1
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Help needed: wheel bearing!!!

So, I recently had some noise coming from my front wheel and with the help of friends, it has been diagnosed as a wheel bearing. They have had the same issues in their cars (albeit they're Hondas and Subarus) and it sounds the same. So is it recommended that I replace the bearing by itself or do i should I replace the entire strut? Part: http://www.thesaabsite.com/900new/NG...elbearings.htm
Also part: Ebay Wheel Bearing

I was searching platonoff and other sites, finding no diy show. Does anyone know of one? (Pictures would be wonderful)

The vehicle is ng900 set 5 door 5 speed

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as far as i know those bearings are pressed in. you would need a hydraulic press to get them out and replace them.
replacing your entire strut is absolutely not necessary and WAY more money than you wanna spend.

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Yeah, press the hub out of the bearing. You might have to cut the inner race from the hub. Then press in a new bearing, and then press the hub into the new bearing.

I had to have someone press the hubs out for me, because I didn't have the correct chunks of steel needed to give me clearance on my press, but once everything was apart I used a $99 hydraulic press and got it all back together.

You have to make sure when pressing the bearing in that you are pressing both the inner and outer races, otherwise you can damage the bearing. I used a large socket turned upside down. Likewise when pressing the hub into the bearing...make sure both races are supported from the back side.


I didn't take any photos of the process...but it is relatively universal between car mfgs.
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Bearing

I used a bearing replacement kit from Advanced Auto Parts. You buy it then they buy it back within 45 days. The spring compressor they "rented" to me did not work. Like JK said, use a large socket for the outer race. I got the shaft started through enough to use the nut to pull the shaft through the inner race with a spacer, then the nut and hub to seat it. Clean inner and outer race mounting surfaces with scotchbrite to remove any "junk". Good Luck !
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alright ill aim to take pictures when I go through with this.
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as far as i know those bearings are pressed in. you would need a hydraulic press to get them out and replace them.
replacing your entire strut is absolutely not necessary and WAY more money than you wanna spend.

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Shorty basically nailed it, I replaced mine over summer, yes its a pain, and yes you need to get it pressed out with hydrolic press and new one pressed back in. You take off the entire strut, heres some pics. You will also need a new Hub. Id say the hardest part is getting the Sir clip out that took me like over an hour.











I brought my strut hub and bearing to a recomended Machine shop and a real nice guy and pressed it out and i brought it back to him with the new parts and he repressed it for me and charged me like 20$?
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