Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Hub and Bearings

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The rear 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 an assembly.

If the wheel bearing is worn or damaged, the vehicle will produce vibration or growl noise. With the transaxle shifted into N and the vehicle coasting, the noise should continue. Road test the vehicle on a smooth, level road surface to determine the location of the worn/damaged bearing. The road test will also determine if the noise is the rear wheel bearing or differential gear noise. Accelerate the vehicle to a constant speed. Once the vehicle has reached a constant speed, swerve the vehicle back and forth from left to right. This will change the noise level by loading and unloading the wheel bearings.

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



FWD Vehicles

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: The rear hub/bearing assembly is secured to the axle flange with four bolts



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Fig. Fig. 2: Removing the hub/bearing assembly

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the rear wheel.
  2.  
  3. Remove the rear brake drum.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the parking brake cable from the parking brake cable actuating lever.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rear wheel speed sensor from the rear wheel hub/bearing flange.
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WARNING
During removal of the hub/bearing assembly, be sure not to damage any of the teeth on the ABS tone wheel. Damage to the tone wheel teeth will result in false ABS cycling and corrosion of the ABS tone wheel.

  1. Remove the 4 wheel hub and bearing assembly mounting bolts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel hub and bearing assembly from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Install the 4 hub and bearing assembly mounting bolts into the 4 mounting holes in the rear axle flange.
  2.  
  3. Align the rear wheel hub and bearing assembly to the 4 mounting bolts. Start the mounting bolts into the bearing assembly and tighten the mounting bolts in a criss-cross pattern until the brake support plate and hub and bearing assembly are both squarely seated onto the rear axle flange.
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  5. Torque the wheel hub and bearing assembly mounting bolts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Install the rear wheel ABS speed sensor into the hub and bearing flange. Torque the speed sensor attaching bolt to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Reconnect the parking brake cable to the cable actuating lever.
  10.  
  11. Install the brake drum.
  12.  
  13. Install the rear wheels and lug nuts. Torque the wheel lug nuts, in a star sequence, to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
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  15. Lower the vehicle. Road test the vehicle.
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AWD Vehicles

See Figures 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 3: As with FWD vehicles, the hub/bearing assembly is attached with four bolts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the hub/bearing assembly on an AWD vehicle

  1. Set the parking brake to keep the rear axle from turning when loosening the hub nut.
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  3. Remove the cotter pin and nut retainer, and slightly loosen the hub nut.
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WARNING
Completely loosening the hub nut can cause damage to the bearing.

  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheel.
  4.  
  5. Remove the speed sensor to prevent it from being damaged when removing the halfshaft.
  6.  
  7. Remove the halfshaft.
  8.  
  9. Remove the disc brake caliper and hang it from the inner fender with safety wire.
  10.  
  11. Release the handbrake and remove the rotor.
  12.  
  13. Remove the four bolts that secure the hub/bearing assembly and remove it from the axle.
  14.  

To install:
  1. Install the hub/bearing to the axle and torque the bolts to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm)
  2.  
  3. Install the disc brake rotor.
  4.  
  5. Install the caliper.
  6.  
  7. Install the halfshaft. Tighten the hub nut as much as possible by using the handbrake to prevent the axle from turning.
  8.  
  9. Install the speed sensor into the hub and bearing flange. Torque the speed sensor attaching bolt to 105 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
  10.  
  11. Place the wheel onto the hub. Install the lug nuts and tighten them securely.
  12.  
  13. Lower the vehicle.
  14.  
  15. Install the rear wheels and lug nuts. Torque the wheel lug nuts, in a star sequence, to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
  16.  
  17. Torque the hub nut to 180 ft. lbs. (244 Nm) Install the spring washer, nut retainer and a new cotter pin.
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  19. Road test vehicle.
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