How to Replace the Axle Bearing Carrier
Removing the axle bearing carrier and installing a new one may be a long procedure requiring many tools, but this task should not intimidate you. It is something that you should be able to do by yourself because your bearings need to be checked regularly. So brace yourself for the challenge. In the end, you'll surely benefit with saved time and money.
Difficulty level: Difficult
Tools that you'll need:
- Socket set
- Flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers
- Snap ring pliers
- Allen wrenches
Step 1: Lift your vehicle off from the ground.
Step 2: Remove the lug nuts from the wheel.
Step 3: Remove the cotter pin and then the hub nut. Take off the right side hub, and put the parking brake on.
step 4: Unscrew the bolts holding the brake caliper, and take it off.
Step 5: Loosen the lock nut by turning it counterclockwise. Run in the axle nut towards the swingarm until you reach the small clip. Take off this clip from the groove.
Step 6: Remove axle bolt assembly from the axle.
Step 7: Loosen the Allen bolts, and adjust the carrier so the chain will come off loose.
Step 8: Remove the chain from the sprocket.
Step 9: Remove the circlip using the snap-ring pliers and screwdriver.
Step 10: Pull the caliper from the carrier. Take the axle and carrier off from the swingarm.
Step 11: Clean off the rust on the axle and carrier. Apply grease on rusted areas.
Step 12: Fill up your new bearing carrier with grease. Apply grease on both ends of the carrier, too.
Step 13: Place carrier into the swingarm.
Step 14: Put on grease on the axle, and slide it through the new carrier.
Step 15: Reinstall caliper and then the circlip onto the carrier. Secure the circlip to the groove using a flat-head screwdriver.
Step 16: Reinstall brake rotor on the axle, and apply grease.
Step 17: Put the axle nut assembly on the axle. Slide the clip onto the axle, and secure it into the groove.
Step 18: Tighten the axle nut by turning it clockwise. Tighten the lock nut against the axle nut.
Step 19: Reinstall brake caliper onto caliper stay, and screw the bolts back into the swingarm skid plate.
Step 20: Put the wheels back onto the vehicle. Lower your vehicle to the ground.
Step 21: Tighten the chain, and make sure the Allen bolts are loose while you're doing this. Adjust the chain and once you feel the chain tension, retighten the Allen bolts. Don't forget to lubricate the chain.
Do not tighten the chain while the vehicle is still raised from the ground. This may cause an over-tightened chain, which can break off when the vehicle hits a bump.