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Old 04-04-2011, 08:50 PM   #1
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Default Front wheel bearing on 01 SW2

Hi all, I have an 01 SW2 with a bad left front wheel bearing. I've found info on other threads about how to replace wheel bearings on older S-series. Is it the same on an 01? Also, is it possible to buy the hub assembly and bearings already put together? I don't have access to a bearing press. I've done most of the work on my Saturns, but never the bearings, so any help, especially pictures would help. Thanks

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Old 04-04-2011, 09:55 PM   #2
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You can buy them in one package together, but unfortunately nothing pre-fab.

As for the process. Easiest way is to have a spare knuckle and just bring it to a shop to press together. An alignment is wise afterwards, unless you are very careful about how its put back together (camber adjust on the strut)

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:09 PM   #3
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And if you do one side, might as well do the other. Its cheaper to do both at once, than one at a time.

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Old 04-05-2011, 12:11 AM   #4
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I've had good results with leaving the strut on the knuckle. Then you don't need an alignment.

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:47 AM   #5
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I've had good results with leaving the strut on the knuckle. Then you don't need an alignment.
There is also that option. I've just been told that some shops won't do the job if the strut is still attached, because its more difficult to work with. That is the ideal scenario!

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The right side has already been replaced. Unfortunately, it was an emergency so I had to have it done. I think I've got time on this one, but want to be ahead of the game. I was hoping Richpin had a video on this, but didn't see one. Does anyone know of any other video or pics on this? Thanks

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:39 PM   #7
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Default Re: Front wheel bearing on 01 SW2

i did both front bearings myself DIY without a press.
it's an easy job.
and no i didn't bang them in and out with a hammer.

i got a loaner hub puller from autozone, pulled the hub off.

then using this tool i had. (that had been collecting dust)
http://www.harborfreight.com/fwd-fro...ers-66829.html
and a pneumatic impact wrench it pressed the old bearing out easily.


i then used the harbor freight kit and pressed the new bearing in, using nothing but a hand wrench and some (light) elbow grease (no pneumatic tools.)
a 6 year old possesses the amount of force needed wrench the bearing in (that easy).
i just made sure the bearing was square and the adapter was pressing on correct race.

simple job really.

it's the same procedure across the board for all s-series.



just a little anecdote:

the only part that sucks is removing the 'c' clip, it's the only tool i didn't have in the garage, but i was successful in improvising with a pair of elongated needle nose pliers.
when i got to the 'c' clip, part of the job, i was like "where are my safety glasses, because i am not gonna lose an eye doing this job?!" (i had some from when i was a saturn team member)
well sure enough i release the 'c' clip and it flies up and into my face and into my left eye.

luckily i had the safety glasses on and they saved the day.
(so i just got a grease mark on my forehead)

so always wear your safety glasses!

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