Kia Sportage 2005-06

Wheel Bearings

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Removal & Installation



2-Wheel Drive


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Fig. Rear hub/bearing assembly - 2-wheel drive models

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise the rear of the vehicle, and make sure it is securely supported.
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  5. Remove the rear wheel and tire from rear hub.
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  7. Remove the caliper mounting bolts, and hang the caliper assembly to one side. To prevent damage to the caliper assembly or brake hose, use a short piece of wire to hang the caliper from the undercarriage.
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  9. Remove the wheel speed sensor from the axle carrier.
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  11. Loosen the brake disc mounting screw, and then remove the brake disc from the hub.
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  13. Pry off the hub cap.
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  15. Remove the hub bearing flange nut.
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  17. Remove the rear hub washer and rear hub assembly.
    NOTE
    Do not disassembly the rear hub assembly. On vehicles equipped with ABS, care must be taken not to scratch or damage the teeth of the rotor. The rotor must never be dropped. If the teeth of the rotor are chipped, it results in deformation of the rotor.  It will make it impossible to detect the wheel rotation speed accurately and to operate the system normally. 

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To install:

  1. Install the hub assembly and hub washer.
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  3. Use a new nut. After tightening the hub bearing flange nut, stake the concave portion of the spindle by crimping the nut. Tighten to 147-192 ft. lbs. (200-260 Nm). 
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  5. Install the hub cap.

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    Fig. Speed sensor gap measurement

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  7. For vehicles equipped with ABS: Insert a feeler gauge (C) into the space between the pole piece of the speed sensor (A) and the rotor teeth (B) surface, and then tighten the speed sensors (A) at the position where the clearance at all places is within the standard value. Clearance: 0.5-1.5 mm (0.02-0.06 in.) 
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  9. Install the brake disc from the hub, then tighten the brake disc mounting screw. Tighten to 3-4 ft. lbs. (5-6 Nm). 
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  11. Install the brake caliper.
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  13. Install the rear wheel and tire on the rear hub. Tighten to 66-81 ft. lbs. (90-110 Nm). 
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4-Wheel Drive

Please note that this procedure covers only the removal of the hub assembly. The wheel bearings used on this vehicle are a press in design which requires the removal of the hub assembly. Although the wheel bearings and hub are available separately, the manufacturer does not provide any detailed service procedures. Refer to instructions provided with replacement bearings for specific service procedures.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Raise the rear of the vehicle, and make sure it is securely supported.
  4.  
  5. Remove the rear wheel and tire from rear hub.
  6.  
  7. Remove the wheel speed sensor from the axle carrier.
  8.  
  9. Remove the split pin, then remove castle nut and washer from the rear hub by applying the brake.
  10.  
  11. Remove the caliper mounting bolts, and hang the caliper assembly to one side. To prevent damage to the caliper assembly or brake hose, use a short piece of wire to hang the caliper from the undercarriage.
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  13. Remove the rear axle assembly (A).
    1. Remove the trailing arm mounting bolt (B). 
    2.  
    3. Remove the suspension arm mounting nuts (C). 
    4.  
    5. Remove the strut mounting nuts (D). 
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To install:

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Fig. Rear hub/axle assembly - 4-wheel drive models

  1. Install the rear axle assembly (A).
    1. Install the strut mounting nuts (D). Tighten to 103-118 ft. lbs. (140-160 Nm). 
    2.  
    3. Install the suspension arm mounting nuts (C). Tighten to 103-118 ft. lbs. (140-160 Nm). 
    4.  
    5. Install the trailing arm mounting bolt (B). Tighten to 74-88 ft. lbs. (100-120 Nm). 
    6.  

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  3. Install the brake caliper.
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  5. Install the washer, castle nut and new split pin on the rear hub. Tighten to 147-206 ft. lbs. (200-280 Nm). 
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  7. Install the wheel speed sensor on the axle carrier.
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  9. Install the rear wheel and tire on the rear hub. Tighten to 66-81 ft. lbs. (90-110 Nm).
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Adjustment



  1. Raise the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Inspection the wheel bearing for play as shown.
    NOTE
    If there is any play, adjust the wheel bearing following the steps outlined below.

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  5. Remove the rear wheel and tire.
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  7. Remove the cotter pin.
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  9. Apply the service brake and remove castle nut(B) and washer(C) from the front hub.
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  11. Adjust the wheel bearing as follows:
    1. Retighten the hub bearing nut to 202 ft. lbs. (280 Nm).
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    3. Rotate the hub 3 times enough for secure placement of hub bearing.
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    5. Recheck that the hub bearing nut has been tightened to 202 ft. lbs. (280 Nm).
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    7. Unfasten hub bearing nut until its tightening torque is 0 ft. lbs (0 Nm).
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    9. Retorque the hub bearing nut again to 202 ft. lbs. (280 Nm).
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    11. Install the cotter pin.
      NOTE
      If the cotter pin is not in line with the hole of knuckle unfasten hub bearing nut within 30° and install the cotter pin.

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  13. Lower the vehicle to the ground.

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    Fig. Check wheel bearing for play as shown



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    Fig. Align castle nut with the hole in the axle as shown

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Packing



This vehicle uses a sealed wheel bearing assembly which does not require any additional lubrication.

 
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