Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Rear Wheel Bearings

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REMOVAL, PACKING & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Exploded view of the rear axle bearings-all models except Alliance and Encore



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Fig. Fig. 2 Inner bearing removal using a special puller



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Fig. Fig. 3 To remove the rear wheel bearings, remove the dustcap, cotter pin and lock ring ...



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Fig. Fig. 4 ... next loosen and remove the bearing retaining nut, then finally remove the drum

All Except LeCar, Alliance and Encore

Several special tools are required for this procedure.

  1. Raise the rear of the vehicle and remove the rear wheels.
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  3. Remove the rear brake drum or caliper:
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    1. Release the parking brake.
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    3. Slacken the secondary cables of the parking brake so that the lever may be pulled back.
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    5. Remove the dust plug in the backing plate so that the automatic adjusting system may be disengaged.
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    7. Insert a screwdriver type tool (tool No. Rou 370-02) into the hole in the backing plate, through a companion hole in the brake shoe, to the parking brake lever.
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    9. Push in with the tool to disengage the catch from the brake shoe. Push the lever to the rear with the tool.
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    11. Remove the dust cover, the retaining locknut/cotter pin, the stub axle nut and washer.
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    13. Remove the drum, the outer bearing and seal as an assembly.
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  5. With the use of special pulling tools (No. Rou 15-01 and B. Vi. 28-01) the inner bearing is removed from the stub axle, along with the deflector.
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  7. Install the inner deflector, making sure it is mounted correctly.
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  9. Install the inner bearing on the stub axle by carefully driving it to its seat.
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  11. Install any of the bearing cups as required. Add lubricant to the bearings and cups.
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  13. Install the drum assembly in the reverse of its removal procedure.
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  15. Check the bearing end-play, which should be between 0.000 and 0.001 inch (0.00 and 0.03 mm).
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  17. Adjust the foot brake by repeatedly pushing down on the brake pedal.
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  19. Adjust the parking brake. Install the plug in the rear of the backing plate.
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LeCar
  1. Raise the vehicle and support safely.
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  3. Remove the rear wheel(s) and the brake drum.
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  5. Remove the outer bearing and the oil seal.
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  7. Remove the bearing races as required.
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  9. With a special puller, remove the inner bearing from the rear axle spindle.
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Some inner bearings will have a thrust washer that must be removed with the bearing assembly. A different type bearing puller is then used.

There are two methods of bearing replacement, hot or cold. The hot method is preferred and consists of pre-heating the washer so that it can be assembled to the stub axle without the use of tools. The cold method utilizes the special tools to press the components in place. The components should be heated to approximately 200-250 degrees F.


CAUTION
Do not use an open flame to preheat the components.

Alliance and Encore


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Fig. Fig. 5 Exploded view of the Alliance and Encore rear axle bearings



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Fig. Fig. 6 Upon installation, some models require the adjusting nut to be torqued

This procedure requires the use of special tools.

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the wheel.
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  5. Loosen the handbrake cable.
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  7. Remove the grease cap from the end of the axle shaft. Remove the shaft end nut and washer.
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  9. Remove the brake drum. It may be necessary to back off on the brake shoe adjustment to free the drum. If the drum still won't slide off, it will be necessary to mount a combination slide hammer/hub puller and remove the drum.
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  11. From the drum, remove the bearing retaining clip and drive the bearing out with a length of 49mm diameter pipe.
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  13. Installation is the reverse of removal. Drive the new bearing in with a length of 51mm pipe. Tighten the shaft end nut to 118 ft. lb. Adjust the handbrake. Pump the brake pedal several times to adjust the brakes.
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ADJUSTMENT





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Fig. Fig. 7 Adjust the rear bearing by turning the axle nut until the dial indicator reads 0.001 to 0.004 inches of end-play

LeCar

An end-play of between 0.004 and 0.002 inch (0.01 to 0.05mm) should exist between the brake drum and the stub axle. Rotate the stub axle nut in or out to obtain this required adjustment. Install the lockplate, nut and cotter pin. Add 1 / 3 oz. of grease in the dust cover and install.

Alliance and Encore

No adjustment is necessary.

R-12, R-15, R-17, Gordini

A special tool is needed for this procedure.

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
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  3. Back off the shaft nut, then, while rotating the drum by hand, tighten the shaft nut to 25 ft. lb.
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  5. Back off the nut 1 / 4 turn. Tighten the nut until all bearing play is just removed. Mount a dial indicator under a lug nut and position the pointer on the end of the shaft.
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  7. Check the end-play by pushing and pulling on the drum. End-play should be between .001-.004 in. Adjust using the shaft nut to obtain this figure.
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  9. Reassemble all parts.
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R-18, Fuego and Sport Wagon

A special tool is needed for this procedure.

  1. Raise and support the car on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the wheel.
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  5. While turning the drum by hand, tighten the axle shaft nut to 22 ft. lb.
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  7. Tap the drum lightly to make sure the bearing is seated.
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  9. Back off the shaft nut about 1 / 4 turn.
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  11. Attach a dial indicator under one of the lug nuts and mount the pointer on the end of the axle shaft.
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  13. Push and pull on the drum and check the end-play on the indicator. End-play should be 0-.001 in. Use the shaft end nut to obtain this figure.
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  15. Assemble all remaining parts.
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