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Old 11-05-2017, 06:04 AM   #1
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2002 SL2
Default Replaced Wheel Bearing on "new" '02 SL1

First time attempting a wheel bearing replacement today. I read several threads here and watched a few videos before attempting. I also purchased a bunch of specialty tools a few months ago seeing as Paypal Credit kept offering me "free money" ..... couldn't resist

The YouTube Video I most liked was one in which the wheel bearing and hub were replaced without removing the steering knuckle. The strut fasteners were never touched. So I did it that way too.

1. Loosened axle nut with impact driver with wheel still on ground. Also loosened wheel lug nuts.

2. Jacked up car and supported on jack stands

3. Removed wheel

4. Removed brakes (including rotor)

5. Used 2-jaw puller on hub to push axle out of hub splines (could've used wood and a sledge/hammer also, but I chose to do more methodically)

6. Installed slide hammer to hub and pounded out hub
- applied oil to threaded part of slide hammer "rod" (it was suggested by someone on YouTube)
- took about 30-40 whacks, but hub came off without inner race of bearing

7. Removed tie rod end using tie rod removal tool

8. Removed ball joint from steering knuckle
- Used ball joint separator and a few whacks to the knuckle with ball pein hammer (ball joint boot was not damaged)
- used long pry bar between sway bar and sub-frame to pry down LCA and remove ball joint stud from knuckle (this takes a lot of weight in my must be pryed down about 2 full inches to clear the knuckle and move it out of the way)

9. Removed drive axle from steering knuckle
- pulled knuckle/strut outward and turned knuckle for extra clearance

10. Removed drive axle from intermediate shaft and put aside
- I did this for extra clearance when using bearing remover/installer tool
- a piece of wood against the inner joint shoulder and a couple whacks on the wood with a hammer...popped right out

11. Re-installed ball joint into steering knuckle
- this is to add more stability when using bearing remover/installer tool
- once again, pryed down on sway bar and pushed knuckle back into place (this requires a lot of force and would be much easier with two people)

12. Removed snap ring from rear of bearing
- only a little cleaning was necessary in my case and the ring was moving freely
- a STRONG snap ring pliers is necessary. I used a cheap one I got from AutoZone for $20. What a piece of ****! I barely got the ring closed enough to stick a screwdriver in there and pry it out. It took me nearly an hour just to accomplish this

13. Pressed out old bearing using bearing install kit

14. Cleaned inside of bearing housing in the steering knuckle.

15. Pressed in new bearing
- lightly greased outside of bearing before installation
- outer race fully supported with proper sized drift from kit

16. Installed new snap ring

17. Pressed in new hub
- hub mounting surface lightly greased
- inner race of bearing fully supported

18. Ball joint removed from steering knuckle again
- to make access for drive axle installation

19. Installed drive axle
- inner joint is simply pushed back into the intermediate shaft until it clicks
- all splines were lightly greased before installation

20. Washer and new axle nut installed
- tightened with impact driver to pull axle all the way in (final torque later)

21. Ball joint re-installed into steering knuckle
- this was getting very tiring at this point
- nut fastened tightly and new cotter pin installed

22. Installed tie rod end
- tapered hole in steering knuckle lightly greased before installation
- stud was spinning with nut so had to hold top part with 8mm wrench
- tightened cotter pin

23. Installed brakes

24. Installed axle nut to 145 ft-lbs
- used long 2x4 wedged between brake pedal and seat to hold brakes. Also placed thick hex key (aka allen) wrench inside caliper access hole and rotor to keep hub from turning

25. Installed wheel
- lug nuts installed wrench tight

26. Took car off jackstands

27. Torqued wheel lugs to 103 ft-lbs

Being my first time, this took me all day...

'97 SL1, 136K, Auto, Mint Green (SOLD 146K)
'99 SL2, 126K, Auto, Silver (SOLD 149K)
'97 SL1, 136K, Manual, Burgundy (Gifted to Brother 138K)
'02 SL2, 149K, Auto, Light Gray/Silver


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