Replace Your Worn-out Bearing in Just a Few Steps
The bearings in your car probably take the toughest job than any other part. Take your wheel bearing for example. Not only does it control a wheel's rotation, but it also supports the vehicle's weight. Talk about a rough job, right? If you notice a rubbing or squeaking noise every time you drive, then that might be a worn-out wheel bearing that needs replacement. Read on to know how you can replace that bearing with this step-by-step guide.
Difficulty level: Difficult
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Socket set
- Breaking bar
- New wheel bearing
Step 1: Park your car on a level surface, and jack up the car using the floor jack. Support the vehicle by placing the jack stands under the car's solid frame.
Step 2: Remove the lug nuts and the front wheel.
Step 3: Take the ratchet and socket then remove the caliper bolts. Unscrew the caliper and remove it from the rotor. Do not let the brake line and the caliper fall to the ground. You may use a cord to support these parts.
Step 4: Loosen the rotor until you can slowly pull it out. Do not hit or detach the rotor with too much force. If it bends or cracks, it may be a cause of malfunction.
Step 5: Use the socket and the breaking bar to remove the bolts of the current wheel bearing. Afterwards, you can remove the wheel bearing.
Step 6: Clean the area from dust and corrosion. Make sure that the area is free from impurities before you attach the new wheel bearing.
Step 7: Attach the new wheel bearing. Push it through until it is lined correctly. Check the bearing if it is still moving. Tighten it using the wheel bearing's bolts.
Step 8: Place the rotor and caliper back in their previous positions. Put the wheel and the lug nuts back if everything else is correctly in place.
Step 9:Remove the jack stands underneath your car and perform a test-drive to observe the new wheel bearing.