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.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Complete the installation of the brake drum or rotor in the reverse of the removal procedure. Adjust the bearing preload.