AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Wheel Bearings

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REMOVAL, PACKING, & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1 through 14

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Fig. Fig. 1: Pry the dust cap from the hub taking care not to distort or damage its flange



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Fig. Fig. 2: Once the bent ends are cut, grasp the cotter pin and pull or pry it free of the spindle



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Fig. Fig. 3: If difficulty is encountered, gently tap on the pliers with a hammer to help free the cotter pin



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Fig. Fig. 4: Loosen and remove the castellated nut from the spindle



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the washer from the spindle



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Fig. Fig. 6: With the nut and washer out of the way, the outer bearings may be removed from the hub



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Fig. Fig. 7: Pull the hub and inner bearing assembly from the spindle



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Fig. Fig. 8: Use a small prytool to remove the old inner bearing seal



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Fig. Fig. 9: With the seal removed, the inner bearing may be withdrawn from the hub



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Fig. Fig. 10: Thoroughly pack the bearing with fresh, high temperature wheel-bearing grease before installation



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Fig. Fig. 11: Apply a thin coat of fresh grease to the new inner bearing seal lip



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Fig. Fig. 12: Use a suitably sized driver to install the inner bearing seal to the hub



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Fig. Fig. 13: With new or freshly packed bearings, tighten the nut while gently spinning the wheel, then adjust the bearings



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Fig. Fig. 14: After the bearings are adjusted, install the dust cap by gently tapping on the flangeDO NOT damage the cap by hammering on the center

  1. Use the Brake Disc Removal and Installation procedure to remove the bearings.
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  3. Remove the inner bearing.
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  5. Clean the bearings thoroughly in a safe solvent. Check their condition, but don't spin them any more than is absolutely necessary.
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  7. Replace the seal on assembly.
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  9. Make sure that the inner cones of the bearings are free to creep (move slowly) on the spindle. This adds to the life of the bearings.
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  11. Pack both wheel bearings using wheel bearing grease made for disc brakes. Ordinary grease will melt and ooze out, ruining the pads. Place a healthy glob of grease in the palm of one hand and force the edge of the bearing into it so that the grease fills the bearing. Do this until the whole bearing is packed. Grease packing tools are available which make this job a lot less messy.
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  13. Install the inner bearing and seal.
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  15. Use the Brake Disc Removal and Installation procedure to replace the bearings and disc.
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ADJUSTMENT



  1. Raise the front wheel off the floor.
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  3. Remove the grease cap and cotter pin.
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  5. To seat the bearings, tighten the wheel spindle nut to 20-25 ft. lbs. while turning the wheel.
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  7. Loosen the nut 1 / 3 turn. Tighten the nut to 2-10 inch lbs.
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  9. If there is a nut retainer, place it on the nut with the slots of the retainer aligned with the spindle cotter pin hole. Install a new cotter pin and the dust cap.
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