Subaru Forester 1998-05

Wheel Bearings

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Adjustment



the wheel bearings are not adjustable.

The wheel bearings are not adjustable.

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove the steering knuckle assembly.
  4.  
  5. Position the steering knuckle in a soft-jawed vise.
  6.  
  7. Press the hub from the steering knuckle. If the inner bearing race remains in the hub, press it out.
  8.  
  9. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rotor shield
     
    Inner and outer seals
     
    Snapring from the steering knuckle
     

  10.  
  11. Press the inner bearing race to remove the outer bearing.
  12.  
  13. Remove the Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) tone ring, if equipped
  14.  
  15. Press the wheel lugs from the hub.
  16.  


NOTE
To prevent deforming the hub, do not hammer the lugs out.

To install:

  1. Press new wheel lugs into the hub.
  2.  
  3. If equipped, clean all foreign material from the hub and tone ring. Install the tone ring.
  4.  
  5. Clean the inside of the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the plastic lock from the inner race and press a new greased bearing into the hub by pressing the outer race.
  8.  
  9. Install the snapring into its groove.
  10.  
  11. Press a new outer oil seal until it contacts the bottom of the housing.
  12.  
  13. Press a new inner oil seal until it contacts the circlip.
  14.  
  15. Apply grease to the oil seal lips.
  16.  
  17. Install the rotor shield and tighten the bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Attach the hub to the steering knuckle.
  20.  
  21. Press a new bearing into the hub by driving the inner race.
  22.  
  23. Install the steering knuckle on the vehicle.
  24.  

  1. Remove the steering knuckle assembly.
  2.  
  3. Position the steering knuckle in a soft-jawed vise.
  4.  
  5. Press the hub from the steering knuckle. If the inner bearing race remains in the hub, press it out.
  6.  
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rotor shield
     
    Inner and outer seals
     
    Snapring from the steering knuckle
     

  8.  
  9. Press the inner bearing race to remove the outer bearing.
  10.  
  11. Remove the Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) tone ring, if equipped
  12.  
  13. Press the wheel lugs from the hub.
    NOTE
    To prevent deforming the hub, do not hammer the lugs out.

  14.  

To install:

  1. Press new wheel lugs into the hub.
  2.  
  3. If equipped, clean all foreign material from the hub and tone ring. Install the tone ring.
  4.  
  5. Clean the inside of the steering knuckle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the plastic lock from the inner race and press a new greased bearing into the hub by pressing the outer race.
  8.  
  9. Install the snapring into its groove.
  10.  
  11. Press a new outer oil seal until it contacts the bottom of the housing.
  12.  
  13. Press a new inner oil seal until it contacts the circlip.
  14.  
  15. Apply grease to the oil seal lips.
  16.  
  17. Install the rotor shield and tighten the bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (14 Nm).
  18.  
  19. Attach the hub to the steering knuckle.
  20.  
  21. Press a new bearing into the hub by driving the inner race.
  22.  
  23. Install the steering knuckle on the vehicle.
  24.  

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Raise and support the vehicle safely.
  4.  
  5. Remove the tire and wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the crimped section of the axle nut. Depress the brake pedal and remove the axle nut.
    NOTE
    Be sure to loosen the axle nut after removing the tire and wheel from the vehicle. Failure to do this may damage the wheel bearings.

  8.  
  9. Removed the stabilizer link.
  10.  
  11. Remove the disc brake caliper from its mounting as suspend it to the side, with wire. Do not disconnect the brake line.
  12.  
  13. Remove the rotor.
    NOTE
    If the rotor is seized within the hub, remove the rotor by installing an 8mm bolt in the screw hole on the rotor.

  14.  
  15. Remove the cotter pin and castle nut securing the tie rod end to the housing knuckle arm.
  16.  
  17. Using a puller, remove the tie rod ball joint from the knuckle arm.
  18.  
  19. Remove the ABS wheel speed sensor assembly and harness.
  20.  
  21. Remove the transverse link ball joint from the housing.
  22.  
  23. Remove the front halfshaft. Use tools ST92647000 and ST28099PA100 if necessary. Hang the halfshaft to the side using wire.
  24.  
  25. Scribe an alignment mark on the camber adjusting bolt head. Remove the bolts connecting the housing and strut.
  26.  
  27. Disconnect the housing from the strut.
  28.  

To install:

  1. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
  2.  
  3. Be sure to replace the differential side retainer oil seal.
  4.  
  5. Be sure to use new locknuts, as required.
  6.  
  7. While depressing the brake pedal, tighten the NEW axle nut to 162 ft. lbs. (220 Nm). Lock it securely in place.
    NOTE
    Install the tire and wheel after installation of the axle nut. Failure to do this may result in wheel bearing damage. Do not over tighten, as this too could cause wheel bearing damage.

  8.  
  9. Continue the installation in the reverse order of the removal procedure.
  10.  

 
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