Neon, 2000-2005

Wheel Bearings



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.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    DO NOT allow the caliper to hang by the brake hose.

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

    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


To install:

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).
  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).

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