Subaru ff-1/1300/1400/1600/1800/Brat 1970-1984 Repair Guide

Front Hub and Bearing

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REMOVAL PACKING & INSTALLATION




CAUTION
Asbestos, a known cancer causing agent, is still present in many types of brake lining. Do not use compressed air to clean accumulated dust from your brake system. A safer method is to use rags soaked with a safe solvent so that dust will not be able to enter your throat and lungs.

  1. Refer to the "Front Halfshaft, Removal and Installation" procedures in this section and remove the halfshaft from the vehicle; be sure to remove the steering knuckle from the vehicle.
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  3. Using your finger, move the spacer (inside the steering knuckle) in the radial direction.
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  5. Using a brass bar, insert it through the inner race of the outer bearing, then tap the bar with a hammer to drive out the bearing (with the oil seal); discard the bearing and the oil seal.
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  7. Remove the spacer and the inner bearing.
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  9. Position the brass bar through the outer race of the inner bearing, then using a hammer, drive the out the bearing (with the oil seal); discard the bearing and the oil seal.
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  11. Clean and inspect the parts for wear, cracks and/or damage; if necessary, replace the damaged parts.
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To install:

  1. Using new bearings, pack them with wheel bearing grease as follows.
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    1. Place some high temperature grease in the palm of your hand.
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    3. Thoroughly work the grease into the bearing until it protrudes from the other side of the bearing.
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    5. Turn the bearing with your hand to ensure that the bearing is thouroughly packed.
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  3. Using the Die tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, install the steering knuckle onto the die.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Make sure the bearing races are properly aligned



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Fig. Fig. 2 Thoroughly work the grease into the bearing until it protrudes from the other side of the bearing

  1. Using a press and the Punch tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, press the outer bearing into the housing until it contacts the housing stopper.
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  3. Using 3 oz. (85 g) of wheel bearing grease, pack the inside of the housing.
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  5. Invert the housing on the Die tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, and install the spacer.
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  7. Using a press and the Punch tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, press the inner bearing into the housing until it contacts the housing stopper.
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  9. Using a press and the Punch tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, position the new outer oil seal in the punch tool so that the lip faces the groove, then press it into the steering knuckle housing, until it comes in contact with the bearing end face.
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Fig. Fig. 3 Be sure to install the bearing outer oil seal to the proper depth

  1. Invert the steering knuckle housing onto the Punch tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, so that the seal lip faces the groove.
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  3. Using a press and the Die tool No. 925140000 or equivalent, press the new inner oil seal into the steering knuckle housing, until it comes in contact with the bearing end face.
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  5. To install the steering knuckle, fit the housing onto the axle shaft and attach a spacer of the Installation tool No. 925130000 or equivalent, on the outer bearing inner race; be careful not to damage the oil seal. Thread the axle shaft onto the installation tool, then turn the handle to draw the axle into the housing, until it is seated.
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  7. To complete the installation, reverse the remaining removal procedures.
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Fig. Fig. 4 Front bearing and hub torque specifications-1972-75



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Fig. Fig. 5 Front bearing and hub torque specifications-1976-84

 
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