Sodium-based grease is not compatible with lithium-based grease. Read the package labels and be careful not to mix the two types. If there is any doubt as to the type of grease used, completely clean the old grease from the bearing and hub before replacing.
Before handling the bearings, there are a few things that you should remember to do and not to do.Remember to DO the following-
Do NOT do the following-
2-Wheel Drive Models
- Raise the front of the vehicle and safely support it on jackstands.
- Remove the wheel.
- Remove the front hub grease cap.
- Remove the cotter pin and locknut.
- Pull out on the brake drum slightly to free the outer bearing and remove the bearing.
- Remove the drum and hub.
- Using an awl, puncture the inner seal and pry it out. Discard the seal.
- Remove the inner bearing.
- Inspect the bearing races for excessive wear, pitting or grooves. If they are cracked or grooved, or if pitting and excess wear is present, drive them out with a drift or punch.
- Check the bearing for excess wear, pitting or cracks, or excess looseness.
If it is necessary to replace either the bearing or the race, replace both. Never replace just a bearing or a race. These parts wear in a mating pattern. If just one is replaced, premature failure of the new part will result.
- If the old parts are retained, thoroughly clean them in a safe solvent and allow them to dry on a clean towel. Never spin dry them with compressed air.
- On vehicles with drum brakes, cover the spindle with a cloth and thoroughly brush all dirt from the brakes. Never blow the dirt off the brakes, due to the presence of asbestos in the dirt, which is harmful to your health when inhaled.
- Remove the cloth and thoroughly clean the spindle.
- Thoroughly clean the inside of the hub.
- Pack the inside of the hub with EP wheel bearing grease. Add grease to the hub until it is flush with the inside diameter of the bearing cup.
- Pack the bearing with the same grease. A needle-shaped wheel bearing packer is best for this operation. If one is not available, place a large amount of grease in the palm of your hand and slide the edge of the bearing cage through the grease to pick up as much as possible, then work the grease in as best you can with your fingers.
- If a new race is being installed, very carefully drive it into position until it bottoms all around, using a brass drift. Be careful to avoid scratching the surface.
- Place the inner bearing in the race and install a new grease seal.
- Place the hub assembly onto the spindle and install the outer bearing. Install the wheel bearing nut and tighten it until the hub binds while turning. Back off the nut about 1 / 6 - 1 / 4 turn (60-90°) to free the bearings. Install a new cotter pin.
- Install the grease cap.
- Install the wheel.
- Lower the vehicle and install the hub cap.