REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Rear Wheel Drive
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
The front wheel bearings on rear wheel drive vehicles are the only wheel bearings which require periodic attention. These wheel bearings are an important maintenance item-refer to General Information & Maintenance for correct maintenance intervals
- Raise the front of the vehicle and support it with jackstands. Remove the wheel.
- Remove the front disc brake caliper mounting and position it safely out of the way. Do not let it hang by the brake hose.
- Pry off the bearing cap and then remove the cotter pin, lock cap and the adjusting nut.
- Remove the axle hub and disc together with the outer bearing and thrust washer.
- Using a small prybar, pry out the oil seal from the back of the hub, then remove the inner bearing.
Installation is in the reverse order of removal. Please note the following:
- Place some axle grease into the palm of your hand and then take the bearing and work the grease into it until it begins to ooze out the other side. Coat the inside of the axle hub and bearing cap with the same grease.
- Install the bearing adjusting nut and tighten it to 22 ft. lbs. (30 Nm). Snug down the bearing by turning the hub several times. Loosen the nut until it can be turned by hand and then, using spring scale, retighten it until the preload measures 0.8-1.9 lbs.
Use a new cotter pin when installing the lock cap.
On front wheel drive models, the front axle shafts are part of the drive train. Information on axle shaft and bearing removal or installation can be found in Drive Train of this repair guide.