Chrysler Neon 1995-1999 Repair Guide

Rear Wheel Hub and Bearings

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
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  5. If equipped with rear drum brakes, remove the brake drum. If equipped with rear disc brakes, remove the caliper and suspend aside with a piece of wire, then remove the rotor. Do NOT allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.
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  7. Remove the dust cap from the rear hub/bearing.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use a pair of pincers to remove the dust cap

  1. Remove the retaining nut securing the hub/bearing assembly to the knuckle/spindle. Discard the hub nut and replace with a new one during installation.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Use a ratchet to loosen the hub-to-knuckle retaining nut ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then remove and discard the nut and replace with a new one during installation

  1. Remove the hub/bearing from the spindle by pulling it off the end of the spindle by hand.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the sealed hub and bearing assembly from the spindle

To install:

WARNING
The hub/bearing nut must be tightened to, but NOT over, its specified torque value. The proper specification is crucial to the life of the hub bearing.

  1. Position the hub/bearing assembly on the rear spindle/knuckle. Install a NEW hub nut and tighten to 160 ft. lbs. (217 Nm).
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  3. Install the dust cap and seat it using a soft face hammer to carefully tap it into place.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Install the dust cap, then seat it properly using a rubber mallet

  1. If equipped with drum brakes, install the brake drum. If equipped with disc brakes, install the rotor.
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  3. If equipped with disc brakes, install the caliper and 2 guide pin bolts. Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
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  5. Install the wheel and tire assembly. Tighten the lug nuts, in a criss-cross pattern, to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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  7. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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