AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Wheel Bearings

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4-wheel drive models have sealed, non-adjustable front hubs and bearings. There are darkened areas surrounding the bearing races in the hubs, which are the result of a heat treatment process; the darkened areas do not signify a defect.

INSPECTION



Check to see the inner cones of the bearings are free to `creep' on the spindle. Polish and lubricate the spindle to allow `creeping' movement and to keep rust from forming.

ADJUSTMENT



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: With new or freshly packed bearings, tighten the nut while gently spinning the wheel, then adjust the bearings



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Fig. Fig. 2: 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. With the tire and wheel removed and the car supported by a suitable and safe means, remove the dust cover from the spindle.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and nut retainer.
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  5. Rotate the wheel while tightening the spindle nut to 20-25 ft. lbs.
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  7. Loosen the spindle nut 1 / 3 of a turn.
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  9. Rotate the wheel while tightening the spindle nut to 6 inch lbs.
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  11. Fit the nut retainer over the spindle and align the slots in it with the cotter pin hole. Insert the cotter pin.
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  13. Install the dust cover.
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  15. Install the wheel assembly.
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