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Old 03-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #61
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Default Re: Changing a Front Hub/Bearing on an S-Series (with pictures)

Thanks to all the folks who supplied advice and answered questions here. My daughter and I just removed both knuckles and will take them to the machine shop to press-out the old bearings/hubs and install the new Timken HA590156K's.

We were patient and soaked all the nuts with pb-blaster before going to work. Everything went well except for the lower ball joint. I finally went to my local harbor freight and purchased a ball joint separator. It was very challenging to get in the optimal position but did the job and did not damage the boot. Here is the tool we used:
"3/4" Forged Ball Point Joint Separator" You can search for it at the harbor freight website (sorry, I'm a new forum member and cannot post links yet).

Anyhow, thanks again for all the advice here. This was a good father/daughter project and we saved her nearly $500 in repair costs.


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