Posted by Zoe Geoffrion , on Jan, 2017
For most people, when something goes wrong, or they hear a strange noise, they make a trip to the mechanic. While this is excellent for many, some would prefer to do wheel hub repair themselves, especially if they notice a loud humming or grinding sound. While it can sometimes be tough to determine which hubs are causing the problem, or whether it’s the tires or brakes, you can do this job yourself if you have the right tools.
For wheel hub repair, you’re going to need a socket set, pneumatic impact gun, ratchet, axle socket, screwdrivers, bearing press, cut-off tool, and ball-joint separator. You don’t need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a bearing press. Most auto shops will press it out for you for a small fee.
Step By Step Instruction
Wheel hub repair can be difficult, especially if you’re unsure of what you’re doing. However, step-by-step directions are provided if you want to give it a try.
The first thing to do is remove the wheels from the vehicle, as well as the brake caliper. You’ll need to remove the brake caliper bracket and then pull the rotor from the hubs.
Then, you should remove the cotter pin and axle nut, as well as all the bolts that hold the lower/upper ball joint. Loosen the ball joints and tap the CV axle until it falls off. Separate the hub and spindle with the bearing press, then use the cut-off tool to cut off the bearing.
Next, you’ll grease your new bearing, pressing it and the spindle back into the hub. Then, you’ll put the axle back, ensuring that spines are lined up, reinsert the ball joints and tighten them appropriately, insert new cotter pins into the joints and reinstall the axle nut.
Then, you can replace the rotor, brake caliper brackets, and brake pads, placing the wheel back onto the vehicle and tightening everything correctly.