Sebring 2006

Wheel Bearings

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Adjustment



The rear hub and wheel bearing assembly is designed for the life of the vehicle and requires no type of adjustment or periodic maintenance. The bearing is a sealed unit with the wheel hub and can only be removed and/or replaced as one unit.

The following procedure may be used for the evaluation of the bearing condition:

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  3. Remove the rear wheels and brake drums (if equipped).
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  5. Turn the hub flange carefully. Excessive roughness, lateral play, or resistance to rotation may indicate dirt intrusion or bearing failure.
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  7. If the rear wheel bearings exhibit the conditions during inspection, the hub and bearing assembly should be replaced.
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  9. Damaged bearing seals and resulting excessive grease loss may also require bearing replacement. Moderate grease loss from the bearing is considered normal and should not require replacement of the hub and bearing assembly.
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Removal & Installation



These vehicles are equipped with permanently lubricated and sealed for life rear wheel bearings. There is no periodic lubrication or maintenance recommended for these units.

To evaluate the condition of the rear wheel bearings, remove the wheel and brake drum or rotor and rotate the flanged outer ring of the hub. Excessive roughness or resistance to rotation may indicate dirt intrusion or wheel bearing failure. If the rear wheel bearings exhibit these conditions during inspection, the hub and bearing assembly should be replaced. Damaged bearing seals, and resulting excessive grease loss, may also require bearing replacement. Moderate grease loss from the bearing is considered normal and should not require replacement of the hub and bearing assembly. If service requires removal for inspection or replacement of the rear wheel bearing and hub assembly, use the following procedure.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    The rear wheel
     
    The brake drum, if equipped with drum brakes
     
    The brake caliper and rotor, if equipped with disc brakes
     
    The hub dust cap
     
    The hub nut and discard it
     
    The hub/bearing assembly by pulling straight off the spindle
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    The new bearing on the spindle
     
    The hub using a new nut and torque the nut to 185 ft. lbs. (250 Nm)
     
    The dust cap
     
    The brake drum or rotor and caliper
     
    The rear wheel and torque the lug nuts to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm)

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    Fig. Independent rear suspension component identification

     

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