Renault Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1985 Repair Guide

Front Hub Bearings

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Special tools are required for this procedure.

Alliance and Encore


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Fig. Fig. 1 Remove the inner bushing from the Alliance and Encore front hub with a puller



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Fig. Fig. 2 Press out the outer track ring (bearing assembly) using one of the two original inner track rings



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Fig. Fig. 3 Remove the protective covers (A) on the new bearing before installing



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Fig. Fig. 4 Install the new bearing assembly by pressing on the outer track ring



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Fig. Fig. 5 Pressing the bearing assembly onto the hub-dont forget the thrust washer (1)

  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the wheels.
  4.  
  5. Remove the caliper and suspend it out of the way, without disconnecting the brake hose.
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  7. Remove the rotor as previously described.
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  9. Place the hub in a vise. Using Renault tool number T.Ar.65 and the bolts from Renault tool number B.Tr.02, or equivalent tools, remove the inner bushing from the hub.
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  11. Remove the thrust washer.
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  13. Using a ball joint separator, disconnect the steering arm from the stub axle carrier.
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  15. Remove the shock absorber lower bolt and remove the lower ball joint and nut.
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  17. Remove the snapring from inside the hub.
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  19. Press out the outer track ring using one of the two original inner track rings. Leave the ball cage and seals in position.
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  21. The new bearing should have covers protecting the seals. Remove these.
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  23. Press in the complete bearing assembly, with the plastic sleeve holding the two inner track rings using a piece of tubing having an outside diameter of 63mm and an inside diameter of 59mm.
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  25. Place the assembly in a press with the press load on the outer track ring.
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Bearings must always be replaced as a complete assembly. Once a bearing is removed, for any reason, it is damaged and must not be reused.

  1. Remove the plastic sleeve after the bearing is installed.
  2.  
  3. Install the snapring against the face of the bearing outer track ring.
  4.  
  5. Coat the seal lips with chassis lube.
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  7. Slip the thrust washer onto the hub and press into position using a piece of tubing with an outside diameter of 45mm and an inner diameter of 39mm. Apply the press load to the inner bearing track ring.
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  9. Install all other parts. Observe the following torques:
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Shock absorber lower end: 40 ft. lbs.
 
Lower ball joint key nut: 40 ft. lbs.
 
Steering arm ball joint nut: 25 ft. lbs.
 
Caliper bolts: 26 ft. lbs.
 
Stub axle shaft nut: 157 ft. lbs.
 

LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini


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Fig. Fig. 6 Removing the outer bearing on the LeCar, R-12, R-15, R-17 and Gordini

  1. Remove the rotor/hub assembly as described above.
  2.  
  3. Mount protective fitting, Renault tool number Rou.15-01 on the hub.
  4.  
  5. Remove the outer bearing using Renault tool number B.V.28-01, or its equivalent.
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If only the outer bearing is being installed, press it in at this time using a 1 3 / 8 in. diameter pipe. Install the parts in reverse order of removal. If the inner bearing is being replaced, go on to Step 4.

  1. Remove the stub axle carrier.
  2.  
  3. Remove the bearing closure plate.
  4.  
  5. Press out the inner bearing. Make sure that the press load is taken by a ring with a 2 9 / 16 in. inside diameter for LeCar; 3 5 / 32 in. diameter for the other models.
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  7. Check the condition of the stub axle bore. If it is excessively damaged, replace it.
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  9. Press in a new bearing using a ring with a 2 3 / 8 in. outside diameter for LeCar; 2 11 / 16 in. O.D. for the other cars.
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  11. Pack the stub axle carrier center section with about 1 ounce of chassis lube or wheel bearing grease having a lithium base.
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  13. Mount the deflector and install the attaching bolts.
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  15. Press in the stub axle carrier/hub/rotor assembly using a 1 3 / 8 in. diameter pipe for LeCar; 1 7 / 16 O.D. for the other cars. Don't forget the spacer.
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  17. Apply RTV sealer on the cover plate and install it.
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  19. Install all other parts. Tighten the stub axle shaft nut to 90 ft. lbs.
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R-18, Fuego and Sport Wagon


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Fig. Fig. 7 Removing the hub on the R-18 and Fuego using lug bolts (1) and a metal bar (2)



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Fig. Fig. 8 Remove the bearing retainer bolts (6)



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Fig. Fig. 9 Removing the inner bearing race from the hub on R-18 and Fuego models



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Fig. Fig. 10 Troubleshooting Disc Brake Problems



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Fig. Fig. 11 Troubleshooting Disc Brake Problems (Cont.)

  1. Remove the rotor as described previously.
  2.  
  3. Remove the stub axle nut.
  4.  
  5. Remove the hub. You can do this by inserting a metal bar behind the hub housing and running two wheel lugs in through their holes and against the bar. Gradually tighten each lug until the hub comes off.
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  7. Remove the six bearing retaining bolts. They are Torx-head type.
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  9. Remove the bearing and inner race.
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  11. Remove the outer bearing race from the hub with a puller.
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  13. Place the inner bearing race on the stub axle and install the bearing.
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  15. Drive the outer bearing race in the hub using a 40mm ID pipe.
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  17. Pack the bearing and races with multi-purpose chassis lube.
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  19. Place the hub on the stub axle. It may be necessary to drive it into position with a mallet, until the stub axle nut can be threaded on. Don't forget the positioning cup behind the nut.
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  21. Drive the hub all the way on with the shaft nut and tighten the nut to 185 ft. lbs.
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  23. Install all other parts as previously described. Tighten the bearing retaining bolts to 11 ft. lbs.; the caliper bolts to 74 ft. lbs.
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