REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The wheel bearings are a cartridge design and are not serviceable. If bearing replacement is required, the bearings and hub must be replaced as an assembly. Do not continue with this procedure without having available a new wheel hub retainer nut. Once removed, the nut loses its torque holding ability (or retention capability) and must not be reused.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the hub grease cap.
- Remove the brake drum or disc brake caliper and rotor, as necessary.
- Unstake and remove the wheel hub retainer nut securing the hub to the spindle and remove the hub and bearing assembly. Discard the hub retainer nut.
- If equipped with disc brakes, remove the disc brake shield retaining bolts and the shield.
- If equipped with drum brakes, remove the backing plate.
- Remove the strut-to-spindle retaining bolts and nuts.
- Remove the trailing arm bolt securing the trailing arm to the spindle.
- Remove the stabilizer bar link nuts, retainers, bushings, sleeves and bolts.
- Remove the control arm nut and bolt securing both control arms to the wheel spindle and remove the spindle from the vehicle.
- Inspect all components. If the wheel spindle is damaged, replace it. Wheel bearings are sealed and must be replaced if damaged with the wheel hub.
- Place the wheel spindle in position to the strut and install the retaining bolts and nuts. Tighten to 69-93 ft. lbs. (93-127 Nm).
- Install the trailing arm to the spindle. Install the retaining bolt and tighten to 69-93 ft. lbs. (93-127 Nm).
- Place both control arms in position to the spindle and install the retaining bolt and nut. Tighten the nut to 63-86 ft. lbs. (85-117 Nm).
- Install the stabilizer bar link nuts, retainers, bushings, sleeves and bolts.
- If equipped with drum brakes, install the brake backing plate.
- If equipped with disc brakes, install the brake shield and the disc brake shield retaining bolts. Tighten securely.
- Install the wheel hub and bearing assembly to the wheel spindle.
- Install a new wheel hub retainer nut and tighten to 130-174 ft. lbs. (177-235 Nm).
- Stake the wheel hub retainer nut using a cape or round end chisel. Do not use a sharp chisel to stake the hub nut.
- Install the brake drum or the disc brake rotor and caliper, as equipped.
- Install the hub grease cap.
- Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Pump the brake pedal several times to position the brake lining before attempting to move the vehicle.
- Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.
The bearings on the front and rear wheels are a lone piece cartridge design and cannot be adjusted. Wheel bearing play can be checked with a dial indicator. If wheel bearing play exceeds 0.002 inch (0.05mm) check the wheel hub retainer nut for proper torque. If the torque is correct, replacement of the wheel bearing is required.