Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Rear Wheel Bearings


The procedures described here apply only to front wheel drive vehicles. For rear wheel bearing replacement on rear wheel drive vehicles, please refer to"Rear Axle; Axle Shaft, Bearing and Seal".


On 1988-89 626 and MX-6, a number of special tools are required to remove the rear wheel bearing. Determine the availability of these tools before attempting to service the rear wheel bearings.

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
  3. Remove the rear brake drum or rotor and lift out the bearing cage assembly. Remove the bearing retainer as required. Never reuse the old wheel bearings. On 1988-89 626 and MX-6, use special tools 49-G033-102, 49-G026, 101, 49-G026-103 to drive the bearing out of the rotor disc.
  5. Use a blunt drift to knock the bearing race out, then press in a new race using a bench press and suitable mandrel. Tap until the race is fully seated in the hub.
  7. Pack the new bearing with a suitable lithium disulfide grease (NGLI No. 2 or is equivalent) and drive it into the drum or rotor. On 1988-89 626s and MX-6s, special tools 49-G030-797, 49-G026-102 and 49-H026 or equivalent will be required to install the bearing. Install the bearing retainer, if so equipped. Replace the oil seal.
  9. Complete the installation of the brake drum or rotor in the reverse of the removal procedure. Adjust the bearing preload.