Posted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:49 pm Post subject: Identifying which bearing is shot.
So after 5 years my car is finally starting to fall apart...
Anywho a bearing is finally going, and I'm pretty sure I have it narrowed down to the driver side as she stops growling with hard lefts and screams on hard rights. I can't tell which direction the growing is coming from (front-to-back wise) but I can feel it in the steering wheel and gas pedal, would it be safe to assume its the front one? Don't really have time to jack it up at the moment and feel for play, but would to order the part ASAP So i have it in time before a roadtrip...
Right side was already replaced under warrenty twice. First at about 50,000 miles the ABS sensor shorted out some how. Then at about 55,000 Miles it started freaking out again, Turned out they didnt clip the Harness into the little hole and the wheel rubbed right through the harness. So the right side only has like 30,000 miles on it vs 85,000 miles on the left side. Even so I would probably replace it, but we decided on short notice to make a trip to Chicago next week to see my uncle. Hes 86 and was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, Not sure how long He'll make it. Need the cash for the trip.
Ya after I posted I went googling. Didn't like much of what I found. Few guys even had to replace the axle knuckle and hub as a 50 tonne press couldn't get it Just been soaking it hourly with pb. We'll see tommorow, gonna get a heavy duty jaw puller. My concern is i really don't wanna drop a 120 bucks on an alignment after pullin off the knuckle so hoping to get this f**ker apart...
Last edited by HeMi on Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:32 pm; edited 1 time in total
I spent about 20 hours over 2 weeks trying to get my drivers side all free without any luck. I ended up replacing the knuckle, axle and hub... Your best bet is pulling the whole assembly and having them pressed apart.
Protip: If you don't know what you're doing, don't do it.
Prybar with light pressure and tap (not bang) on the axle with a hammer. Tranny case is aluminum so don't crack it.
Or, do what I always do...back the axle nut off so it's even with the end of the axle, bang the piss out of it with a sledgehammer until it's most of the way out (being careful of the studs of course), disconnect the ball joint and outer tie rod end, and then push the axle the rest of the way out.
Theoretically, the possibility of NEEDING an alignment is much less if you take the whole strut assembly out with the knuckle. I think I did it once, but it's been so long that I don't remember.
Someone on here years ago also welded some scrap metal together to make a hub remover. Pretty cool backyard engineering...
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