Breeze, Cirrus, Sebring Convertible and Sedan, Stratus Sedan, 1999-2005

Wheel Bearings

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The hub and bearing is a combined rear wheel hub and wheel bearing unit. All vehicles are equipped with permanently lubricated and sealed for life rear hub and bearing assemblies. There is no periodic lubrication or maintenance recommended for these units. The hub and bearing is mounted to the rear knuckle's spindle using a retaining nut. The tire and wheel assembly, and rear brake drum or disc attaches to the studs protruding from the hub flange with wheel mounting studs.

Adjustment



The rear hub and wheel bearing assembly 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.

  1. The following procedure may be used for evaluation of bearing condition:
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  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the rear wheels and brake drums.
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  7. Turn the hub flange carefully. Excessive roughness, lateral play or resistance to rotation may indicate dirt intrusion or bearing failure.
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  9. If the rear wheel bearings exhibit the conditions during inspection, the hub and bearing assembly should be replaced.
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  11. Damaged bearing seals and resulting excessive grease loss may also require bearing replacement. Moderate grease loss from the bearing is considered normal and should not require replacement of the hub and bearing assembly.

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    Fig. Hub/bearing assembly retaining nut-typical

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The rear hub and wheel bearing assembly 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 following procedure may be used for evaluation of bearing condition:

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear wheels and brake drums.
  4.  
  5. Turn the hub flange carefully. Excessive roughness, lateral play or resistance to rotation may indicate dirt intrusion or bearing failure.
  6.  
  7. If the rear wheel bearings exhibit the conditions during inspection, the hub and bearing assembly should be replaced.
  8.  
  9. Damaged bearing seals and resulting excessive grease loss may also require bearing replacement. Moderate grease loss from the bearing is considered normal and should not require replacement of the hub and bearing assembly.
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Removal & Installation



All vehicles are equipped with permanently lubricated and sealed for life rear wheel bearings. There is no periodic lubrication or maintenance recommended for these units.

To evaluate the condition of the rear wheel bearings, remove the wheel and brake drum or rotor and rotate the flanged outer ring of the hub. Excessive roughness or resistance to rotation may indicate dirt intrusion or wheel bearing failure. If the rear wheel bearings exhibit these conditions during inspection, the hub and bearing assembly should be replaced. Damaged bearing seals and resulting excessive grease loss may also require bearing replacement. Moderate grease loss from the bearing is considered normal and should not require replacement of the hub and bearing assembly. If service requires removal for inspection or replacement of the rear wheel bearing and hub assembly, use the following procedure.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel
     
    Brake drum, if equipped with drum brakes
     
    Brake caliper and rotor, if equipped with disc brakes
     
    Hub dust cap
     
    Hub nut and discard it
     
    Hub/bearing assembly by pulling straight off the spindle
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    New bearing on the spindle
     
    Hub using a new nut and torque the nut to 185 ft. lbs. (250 Nm)
     
    Dust cap
     
    Brake drum or rotor and caliper
     
    Rear wheel and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm)

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    Fig. Independent rear suspension component identification

     

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2.0L And 2.5L Engines
  1. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
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  3. Remove rear wheel and tire assembly.
    1. If equipped with rear drum brakes, remove brake drum from rear hub and bearing assembly by removing the clips and pulling the drum straight off the wheel mounting studs.
    2.  
    3. If equipped with rear disc brakes, remove the rear caliper following the procedure found in BRAKES and remove the brake rotor by pulling the rotor straight off the wheel mounting studs.
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  5. Remove dust cap from rear hub and bearing assembly by prying it off.
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  7. Remove hub and bearing assembly to rear spindle retaining nut.
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  9. Remove rear hub and bearing from the spindle by pulling it straight off the spindle by hand.

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    Fig. Hub/bearing assembly retaining nut-typical

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To install:

  1. Install the hub and bearing assembly on the knuckle spindle.
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  3. Install a NEW retaining nut and torque to 185 ft. lbs. (250 Nm)
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  5. Install the hub and bearing dust cap using a soft faced hammer.
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  7. Install the brake drum or brake rotor on the hub and bearing.
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  9. If equipped with rear disc brakes, install the rear caliper following the procedure found in BRAKES.
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  11. Install the rear tire and wheel assembly on vehicle and torque the wheel nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  13. Lower the vehicle.
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2.4L And 3.0L Engines
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Raise vehicle on jackstands or centered on a frame contact type hoist.
  4.  
  5. Remove rear wheel and tire assembly.
  6.  
  7. If equipped with rear drum brakes, remove brake drum from rear hub and bearing assembly by removing the clips and pulling the drum straight off the wheel mounting studs.
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  9. If equipped with rear disc brakes, remove the rear caliper. Remove the brake rotor by pulling the rotor straight off the wheel mounting studs
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  11. Also remove:

    Dust cap from rear hub and bearing assembly by prying it off.
     
    Hub and bearing assembly to rear spindle retaining nut
     
    Rear hub and bearing from the spindle by pulling it straight off the spindle by hand.

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    Fig. Hub/bearing assembly retaining nut-typical

     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Hub and bearing assembly on the knuckle spindle with a new retaining nut and torque it to 185 ft. lbs. (250 Nm)
     
    Hub and bearing dust cap using a soft-faced hammer.
     
    Brake drum or brake rotor on the hub and bearing
     
    Rear caliper, if equipped with rear disc brakes
     
    Rear tire and wheel assembly on vehicle and tighten the wheel nuts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm) in a crisscross pattern
     

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