Well over the past couple days, I started tackling this rear wheel bearing job. OH JOY
, is all i can say lol.
One side was, the bearing was grinding and growling, i could tell it was shot.
Other side was making no noise, but lots of play, either way im doing both bearings since im going all out here.
I took the big 36mm spindle nut off. One side took a breaker bar + a cheater pipe to get loose. The other side, i tried the same trick and ended up breaking my breaker bar
. So i took it into my work, used my buddies 800ft lb Snap On gun and zipped it right off. Pulled the splines out, and began to get the hubs out.
I take it the Seals come off of these, can anyone confirm?
Anyways, i hooked up the slide hammer, and within a couple good hard pulls, off came the hubs.
That bearing that was grinding and growling? Yeaaaah....
Looks like reese peanut butter, if you ask me.
The race was stuck to the hub, but nothing a little specialty tool couldnt do to pull it right off there. Im kicking myself now, because instead of being helpful, i forgot to take pictures of the tools being used for any reference for someone. Other bearing stayed in tact
After all this, i did some research on best methods on getting those pesky retaining rings out. Some say special tool, some say make the tool. I took a chisel, and a hammer. The passenger side came out like a charm. The painful Reverse- threaded driver side, took some heat from the oxyacetylene and another trick. After tapping with a chisel, and still no movement. From the heat of the torch, i then took a birthday candle, and let the wax melt down into the threads to help loosen then grip it hand. I had heard about this trick, but never actually tried it. I was skeptical, but if youre doing this job, you could go out on a limb like me and try it.
After i succeeded in a total of about 10 mins when some said it would take possibly hours, a victory of not doing much for the rest of the evening and after working all day, I decided to clean my hubs up with the surfacing wheel, and call her quits.
My wheels should be here within a couple days, and depending if ill have to run a spacer to achieve the fitment im looking for, can anyone confirm if theres a way to get the rear wheel studs out? To me, it looks like the ABS tone-ring is blocking the way, and ive been trying to search for answers all day. To keep costs down, I would rather just run longer wheel studs if i can because i already have spacers.
Until another day....