How to Replace Front Wheel Bearings on a Car

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Do your wheels wobble as you drive? You may need new bearings installed. You can do it yourself by following these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Hammer and punch
  • Socket to fit nut holding the bearings in place
  • tools needed to take off bearings, depending on type of car you own
  • New bearings and racings
  • Grease to pack them in
  • Jack up the car. Use jack stands if possible, or blocks if not.

  • Remove tires on the front. Remove brakes.

  • Take out the grease cap (the center).

  • Pull out Cotter Pin. Take nut out.

  • Pull Rotor out. Take grease seal off of the back of the rotor. Pull out inner and outer bearings.

  • Using hammer and punch, knock out racings from the back of the center of the rotor (very important to use new races, don't use the old ones). Clean out the center of the rotor with a clean rag.

  • Using the new bearings, replace the old ones, tapping them into place. It doesn't matter which one you install first.

  • Pack with grease when they are in place. Install new seal after the bearings are packed with grease.

  • Re-install the rotors into car; put brakes back on; replace tires; You're ready to go!

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you get the nut tight on the bearings to "seat" them.
  • Make sure the car is steady on the jack stands.
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