Neon, 2000-2005

Wheel Bearings

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Adjustment



Neons are equipped with sealed hub and bearing assemblies. The hub and bearing assembly is non-serviceable. If the assembly is damaged, the complete unit must be replaced.

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    DO NOT allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.


    NOTE
    Discard the hub nut and replace with a new one during installation.



    Wheel
     
    Rear brake drum, if equipped
     
    Caliper (suspend on a wire) and the rotor, if equipped with rear disc brakes
     



    Dust cap from the rear hub/bearing
     
    Hub/bearing assembly-to-knuckle/spindle nut
     



    Hub/bearing from the spindle by pulling it off the end of the spindle by hand
     

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To install:


WARNING
The hub/bearing nut must be tightened to, but NOT over, its specified torque value. The proper specification is crucial to the life of the hub bearing.

  1. Position the hub/bearing assembly on the rear spindle/knuckle. Install a NEW hub nut and tighten to 160 ft. lbs. (217 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Install or connect the following:

    Dust cap and seat it using a soft face hammer to carefully tap it into place
     
    Brake drum, if equipped with drum brakes
     
    Rotor, if equipped with disc brakes
     
    Caliper and 2 guide pin bolts, if equipped with disc brakes. Tighten the bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
     

  4.  
  5. Install the wheel and tire assembly. Tighten the lug nuts in a crisscross pattern, to 100 ft. lbs. (135 Nm).
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