Avenger, Sebring Coupe, Stratus Coupe, 1999-2006

Wheel Bearings

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Adjustment



To check hub and bearing assembly end-play, remove the caliper and rotor. Position a dial indicator to bear against the hub flange near the center ridge. Wiggle the hub back and forth. If end-play exceeds 0.002 in. (0.05mm), replace the front hub and bearing assembly. Make sure you are not confusing suspension or steering movement as hub end-play.

The front hub wheel bearing is designed for the life of the vehicle and requires no type of adjustment or periodic maintenance. The bearing is a sealed unit with the wheel hub and can only be removed and/or replaced as one unit.

The front hub wheel bearing is designed for the life of the vehicle and requires no type of adjustment or periodic maintenance. The bearing is a sealed unit with the wheel hub and can only be removed and/or replaced as one unit.

Removal & Installation



The front wheel bearing used on this vehicle is a bolt-in type wheel bearing.

The wheel bearing is serviced separately from the front steering knuckle and front hub assembly. Retention of the front wheel bearing into the steering knuckle is by means of 3 bolts installed from the rear of the steering knuckle. The 3 bolts attach the hub/bearing to the front surface of the steering knuckle. Removal and installation of the hub/bearing assembly from the steering knuckle must be done with the steering knuckle removed from the vehicle.

The face of the outer CV-joint has a metal bearing shield pressed on it. This design deters direct water splash on the bearing seal while allowing any water that gets in to run out the bottom of the steering knuckle. It is important to thoroughly clean the outer CV-joint and the wheel bearing area in the steering knuckle before it is assembled after servicing the front wheel bearing or halfshaft.

At no time when servicing this vehicle, can a sheet metal screw, bolt or other metal fastener be installed in the shock tower to take the place of an original plastic clip. Also, NO holes can be drilled into the front shock tower for the installation of any metal fasteners into the shock tower. Because of the minimum clearance in this area installation of metal fasteners could damage the coil spring's protective coating and lead to corrosion failure of the spring. If a plastic clip is missing, lost or broken during servicing a vehicle, replace only with the equivalent part listed in the MOPAR® parts catalog.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    The wheel bearing is transferable to a replacement steering knuckle if the bearing is found in serviceable condition.



    Front wheel
     
    Steering knuckle assembly
     
    3 hub/bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle bolts
     
    Hub/bearing assembly from the steering knuckle. If necessary, tap the bearing out, using a soft-faced hammer
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Clean all parts well. Thoroughly, clean all the hub/bearing assembly mounting surfaces on the steering knuckle.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Hub/bearing assembly and torque the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
     
    Steering knuckle
     
    Front wheel
     

  4.  

The front wheel bearing is a bolt-in type wheel bearing. The wheel bearing is serviced separately from the front steering knuckle and front hub assembly. Retention of the front wheel bearing into the steering knuckle is by means of 3 bolts installed from the rear of the steering knuckle. The 3 bolts attach the hub/bearing to the front surface of the steering knuckle. Removal and installation of the hub/bearing assembly from the steering knuckle must be done with the steering knuckle removed from the vehicle.

The face of the outer CV-joint has a metal bearing shield pressed on it. This design deters direct water splash on the bearing seal while allowing any water that gets in to run out the bottom of the steering knuckle. It is important to thoroughly clean the outer CV-joint and the wheel bearing area in the steering knuckle before it is assembled after servicing the front wheel bearing or halfshaft.

At no time when servicing this vehicle, can a sheet metal screw, bolt, or other metal fastener be installed in the shock tower to take the place of an original plastic clip. Also, NO holes can be drilled into the front shock tower for the installation of any metal fasteners into the shock tower. Because of the minimum clearance in this area, the installation of metal fasteners could damage the coil spring's protective coating and lead to corrosion failure of the spring. If a plastic clip is missing, lost, or broken during servicing the vehicle, replace it only with the equivalent part listed in the MOPAR® parts catalog.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    NOTE
    If the bearing is found in serviceable condition, the wheel bearing is transferable to a replacement steering knuckle.



    The front wheel
     
    The steering knuckle assembly
     
    The 3 hub/bearing assembly-to-steering knuckle bolts
     
    The hub/bearing assembly from the steering knuckle. If necessary, tap the bearing out, using a soft-faced hammer
     

  4.  

To install:

  1. Clean all parts well. Thoroughly, clean all the hub/bearing assembly mounting surfaces on the steering knuckle.
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    The hub/bearing assembly and torque the bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)
     
    The steering knuckle
     
    The front wheel. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)
     

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2.0L And 2.5L Engines

Removal and installation of the hub and bearing assembly from the steering knuckle must be done with the steering knuckle removed from the vehicle. This is required due to the tool clearance to the ABS tone wheel when removing the retaining bolts. Removing the retaining bolts with the steering knuckle installed can result in damage to the tone wheel teeth requiring replacement of the driveshaft.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect battery negative cable from remote negative terminal on shock tower and properly isolate to prevent accidental reconnection.
  4.  
  5. Remove cotter pin, nut lock, and spring washer from the front stub axle.
    WARNING
    Wheel bearing damage will result if after loosening hub nut, vehicle is rolled on the ground or the weight of the vehicle is allowed to be supported by the tires.

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  7. Loosen hub nut while vehicle is on the floor with the brakes applied.
    NOTE
    The hub and driveshaft are splined together through the knuckle (bearing) and retained by the hub nut.

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  9. Raise vehicle on jack stands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
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  11. Remove front tire and wheel assembly from the hub.
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  13. Remove front disc brake caliper to steering knuckle guide pin attaching bolts.
  14.  
  15. Remove disc brake caliper assembly from steering knuckle.
    NOTE
    Caliper is removed by first lifting bottom of caliper away from steering knuckle, and then removing top of caliper out from under steering knuckle.

  16.  
  17. Support brake caliper/adapter assembly using a wire hook and not by hydraulic hose.
  18.  
  19. Remove the braking disc from the front hub/bearing assembly.
  20.  
  21. If vehicle is equipped with 15 inch wheels, remove lower ball joint heat shield from lower control arm.
    1. Heat shield must be removed before attempting to separating ball joint stud from steering knuckle.
    2.  

  22.  
  23. Remove nut attaching the outer tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
    1. Nut is to be removed from tie rod end using an 11/32-inch socket while loosening and removing nut with wrench.
    2.  

  24.  
  25. Remove the tie rod end from steering knuckle arm, using Special Tool MB-991113 or suitable tie rod end link press.
  26.  
  27. Remove speed sensor cable bracket, if equipped with ABS.
  28.  
  29. Remove cotter pin and castle nut from the stud of the lower ball joint.
    WARNING
    No tool is to be inserted between the steering knuckle and the lower ball joint to separate stud of lower ball joint from the steering knuckle.

  30.  
  31. Turn steering knuckle so the front of the steering knuckle is facing as far outboard in the wheel well as possible.
    1. Use a hammer to strike the boss on the steering knuckle until steering knuckle separates from stud of lower ball joint. When striking steering knuckle, care MUST be taken not to hit lower control arm or ball joint grease seal.
      WARNING
      Pulling steering knuckle out from vehicle after releasing from ball joint can separate inner C/V joint.

    2.  

  32.  
  33. Lift up on steering knuckle separating it from the lower ball joint stud.
    1. Use caution when separating ball joint stud from steering knuckle, so ball joint seal does not get cut.
      WARNING
      Care must be taken not to separate the inner C/V joint during this operation. Do not allow driveshaft to hang by inner C/V joint, driveshaft must be supported.

    2.  

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  35. Separate steering knuckle from outer C/V joint, by supporting the driveshaft while pulling steering knuckle away from the outer C/V joint.
  36.  
  37. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the upper ball joint stud to steering knuckle attachment.
  38.  
  39. Remove the upper ball joint stud from the steering knuckle using Special Tool, C3894-A or suitable ball joint press.
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  41. Remove steering knuckle from vehicle and securely mount knuckle in a vise.
  42.  
  43. Remove the 3 bolts attaching the hub/bearing assembly to the steering knuckle.
  44.  
  45. Remove the hub/bearing assembly out from the front of the steering knuckle.
    1. If bearing will not come out of steering knuckle, it can be tapped out using a soft faced hammer.
    2.  

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  47. Thoroughly clean all hub/bearing assembly mounting surfaces on steering knuckle.
  48.  
  49. Install the replacement hub/bearing assembly in steering knuckle aligning bolt boles in bearing flange with holes in steering knuckle.
  50.  
  51. Install the 3 mounting bolts and tighten evenly to ensure bearing is square to face of steering knuckle.
  52.  
  53. The tighten the 3 mounting bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm)

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    Fig. Technique for loosening stub axle nut-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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    Fig. Removal of front brake caliper-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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    Fig. Ball joint heat shield-models with 15-inch wheels



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    Fig. Removal of tie rod attaching nut-all models



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    Fig. Removal of tie rod end-all models



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    Fig. Separating lower ball joint stud from steering knuckle-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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    Fig. Separating upper ball joint stud from steering knuckle-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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    Fig. Hub/bearing attaching bolts-2.0L and 2.5L engines



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    Fig. Tightening tie rod end attaching nut-all models

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To install:

  1. Slide drive shaft back into front hub/bearing assembly and install steering knuckle onto the ball joint stud in lower control arm.
  2.  
  3. Install the steering knuckle to lower ball joint stud castle nut.
  4.  
  5. Install upper ball joint stud in steering knuckle.
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  7. Install the steering knuckle to upper ball joint stud castle nut.
    1. Using a crow foot and torque wrench, tighten the upper ball joint castle nut to 45 ft. lbs. (62 Nm)
    2.  
    3. Using a crow foot and torque wrench, tighten the lower ball joint castle nut to 55 ft. lbs. (74 Nm)
    4.  

  8.  
  9. Install the speed sensor cable mounting bracket, if equipped with ABS.
    WARNING
    When installing tie rod on steering knuckle the heat shield must be installed. If heat shield is not installed, tie rod seal boot can fail due to excessive heat from brake rotor.

  10.  
  11. Install tie rod end into the steering knuckle.
    1. Tighten the attaching nut to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm) using a crowfoot and 11/32-inch socket.
    2.  

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  13. Install braking disc back on hub and bearing assembly.
  14.  
  15. Install disc brake caliper assembly on steering knuckle.
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  17. Install disc brake caliper assembly to steering knuckle guide pin bolts and torque to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm)
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  19. Clean all foreign matter from the threads of the outer C/V joint stub axle, install washer and hub nut and torque to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm).
    NOTE
    Apply vehicle brakes to keep stub axle from turning while the nut is being tightened.

  20.  
  21. Install the spring washer, hub nut lock, and a new cotter pin.
    1. Wrap cotter pin prongs tightly around the hub nut lock.
    2.  

  22.  
  23. Install front wheel and tire assembly and torque the nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm) in a crisscross pattern.
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  25. Lower vehicle.
  26.  
  27. Check front wheel toe and correct if necessary.
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2.4L And 3.0L Engines


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Fig. Exploded view of the front hub assembly mounting and related components

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pin, halfshaft nut and washer.
  4.  
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    Use of improper methods of joint separation can result in damage to joint, leading to possible failure. Never use wedge-type tools or the ball joint can be damaged.


    NOTE
    The hub and wheel bearing assembly is not serviceable and should not be disassembled.



    Front wheel
     
    Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS), if equipped
     
    Caliper and brake pads; then, support the caliper out of the way using wire
     
    Brake rotor from the hub assembly
     
    Upper ball joint from the steering knuckle using a press type tool and pull the knuckle outward
     



    4 hub-to-steering knuckle bolts
     
    Hub and bearing assembly from the knuckle
     



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    Fig. Ball joint heat shield-models with 15-inch wheels



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    Fig. Removal of tie rod attaching nut-all models



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    Fig. Removal of tie rod end-all models



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    Fig. Tightening tie rod end attaching nut-all models

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Hub to the steering knuckle and torque the bolts to 65 ft. lbs. (88 Nm) in a crisscross pattern
     
    Upper ball joint to the steering knuckle and torque the self-locking nut to 21 ft. lbs. (28 Nm)
     

  2.  
  3. Position the rotor on the hub. Install a couple of lug nuts and lightly tighten to hold the rotor on the hub.

    Caliper holder and place the brake pads in the holder. Slide the caliper over the brake pads and install the guide pins. Once the caliper is secured, the lug nuts can be removed.
     
    VSS, if equipped
     
    Front wheel
     
    New cotter pin and bend to secure
     

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  5. Examine the driveshaft (halfshaft) hub washer. Locate the chamfered side. This side is installed outward, away from the hub. Install the washer and hub nut. Tighten the axle nut with the brakes applied. Torque the nut to 145-188 ft. lbs. (200-260 Nm).
    WARNING
    Pump the brake pedal until hard before attempting to move the vehicle.

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