REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
Bearings must be pressed on and off of the shaft with an arbor press. Unless you have access to one, it is inadvisable to attempt to perform any repair work on the axle shaft and bearing assemblies.
- Remove the wheel, tire, and brake drum.
- Remove the nuts holding the retainer plate to the backing plate. Disconnect the brake line.
- Remove the retainer and install nuts, finger-tight, to prevent the brake backing plate from being dislodged.
- Pull out the axle shaft and bearing assembly, using a slide hammer.
If end-play is found to be excessive, the bearing should be replaced. Shimming the bearing is not recommended as this ignores end-play of the bearing itself and could result in improper seating of the bearing.
- Using a chisel, nick the bearing retainer in three or four places. The retainer does not have to be cut, merely collapsed sufficiently, to allow the bearing retainer to be slid from the shaft. Press off the bearing.
- Install the new bearing by pressing it into position.
- Press on the new retainer.
Do not attempt to press the bearing and the retainer on at the same time.
- Assemble the shaft and bearing in the housing, being sure that the bearing is seated properly in the housing.
- Install the retainer, drum, wheel and tire. Bleed the brakes.
See Figures 2 through 7