Remove Your Rusted or Stuck Wheel Bearing Circlip
A circlip or snap ring is a small part of your wheel bearing, but when damaged, it will have detrimental effects that may manifest in your vehicle's overall performance in the long run. Its main function to ensure that your wheel bearing is properly seated, thereby maintaining proper function. Due to its size and position, you rarely have the time to manually check its condition, except when the wheel bearing is inspected. A wheel bearing circlip can also get rusted and stuck in the bearing, so see to it to replace the worn snap ring when necessary.
Things you'll need:
- Sledge hammer
- Socket set
- Penetrating oil
- Brake cleaner spray
- Breaker bar
- Snap ring pliers
- Torque wrench
- Vice grips
- Circlip replacement
Step 1: Loosen the lug nuts and remove the cover to access the spindle nut to take out the wheel.
Step 2: Use a socket to remove the spindle nut. You may need a breaker bar to which you can insert your socket when loosening the nut.
Step 3: Once the lug nuts and spindle nuts are loosened, jack up your vehicle. Ensure that you're working in a safe environment and away from other vehicles passing by.
Step 4: With the wheel off, you can see the brake disk and caliper. The nuts the keep these two components in place should be removed to access the wheel bearing. Hang the brake caliper to keep it from dangling.
Step 5: Remove the screws on the brake disk using a screwdriver to take the disk off then set it aside.
Step 6: Pull off the wheel hub from the spindle then hammer down the knuckle to set it apart from the bearing. You can use a bearing splitter if available.
Step 7: With the wheel hub off, you can access the the wheel bearing snap ring, which can already rusted or stuck into the knuckle.
Step 8: Get rid of the rust buildup by using penetrating oil to easily remove the circlip. Let the penetrating oil for a few minutes.
Step 9: Using a circlip or snap ring pliers is highly advisable, but make sure that you have the right pliers for the type and size of circlip on your vehicle. You may use other tools if you don't have a snap ring pliers, but be careful when removing the ring.
Step 10: Clean the circlip retaining groove and the steering knuckle after taking off the snap ring.
Step 11: See to it the wheel bearing circlip replacement you have has a perfect fit. Install it in the correct sections and make sure that it is properly seated in the knuckle groove. Failing to reinstall the snap ring correctly will result to further damages in other parts too.
How long the replacement process for the circlip or snap ring will take varies depending on your DIY skills. Beginners, however, may take longer since removing the wheel bearing can be challenging. But with the right tools and procedures, replacing the circlip should be a breeze.