Nissan Pick-ups and Pathfinder 1970-1988

Front Axle Hub and Wheel Bearing

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2wd Models
  1. Raise the front of the truck and support it with safety stands. Remove the wheels.
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  3. Remove the brake caliper and suspend it with wire, out of the way. Remove the caliper torque plate if equipped.
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  5. Remove the axle end cap and then remove the cotter pin, nut lock and nut.
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  7. Pull the hub/disc assembly off the spindle with the outer bearing. Don't let the bearing fall out.
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  9. Pry the inner oil seal out and remove the inner bearing from the hub.
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To install:
  1. Clean the bearings and outer races and inspect them for wear or cracks.
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  3. Using a brass drift and a hammer, drive out the bearing outer race. Press a new one into position.
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  5. Pack the bearings with grease until it oozes out the other side. Coat the inside of the hub and cap with grease.
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  7. Position the inner bearing into the hub, coat the oil seal with grease and press it into the hub.
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  9. Press the hub assembly onto the spindle and install the outer bearing and thrust washer.
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  11. Install the hub nut. Turn the hub a few times to seat the bearings and then loosen the nut until there is 0.5-1.0mm axial play. Using a spring tension gauge, check that the preload is 1.3-4.0 lbs.
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  13. Install the locknut, new cotter pin and hub grease cap.
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  15. Install the brake torque plate. Install the brake caliper.
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  17. Install the wheels and lower the truck.
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4wd Models

Hub and bearing removal and installation procedures for these models are detailed in the Front Drive Axle section of Drive Train .

 
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