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Old 09-10-2007, 11:20 AM   #1
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Anyone know if you can repack the bearings on a Automatic 98 legacy 2.5 LTD AWD? Trying to see if I need to but the whole assembly or just have it repacked. if anyone has part numbers that would be most helpful. Thanks!
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Old 09-10-2007, 12:34 PM   #2
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The last time I had wheel bearings done in my '98, one was replaced and one was re-packed.

I know that's not 100% useful information, but there you go.

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Old 09-12-2007, 12:12 PM   #3
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In order to repack the bearings you have to completely disassemble them, and in the process you're just about guaranteed to destroy the inner race as you try to remove it from the hub. Honestly, I don't know how Matt's bearing could have been repacked.

If you look in the Brakes & Suspension forum there's a huge thread about wheel bearings with all the part numbers you need.

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Old 09-12-2007, 08:28 PM   #4
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yea, Im with Pat, cant see how it would be possible or economically feasible to repack em. I am doing the right front bearing(did the left front about a year ago) on my 97 Legacy right now(knuckle is at the shop having the bearing pressed) and am using BCA(Federal Mogul) bearing and seals.

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710464 front inner seal

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Old 09-12-2007, 08:31 PM   #5
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there's about a 90% chance you will need to replace the hub as well. So get one of those and new wheel studs.
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Old 09-12-2007, 09:07 PM   #6
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The hub should come with new studs already in it. At least, both of the new hubs I've gotten had 'em.
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Why are the hubs needing to be changed? My first one appeared undamaged. I wont be looking at this one.

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Old 09-12-2007, 11:44 PM   #8
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they tend to develop some wear in the form of grooving. If the hub is grooved, even a little bit, the next wheel bearing will be lunched in short order. Here's a pretty extreme example of what can happen:




vs new hub:



Not my car (it's an 04 sti), and taken from another forum.
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Old 09-13-2007, 12:14 AM   #9
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Thats strange, what is causing that wear? Isnt that behind where the bearing rests?

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Old 09-13-2007, 02:27 PM   #10
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No I see now, that wear is from the inner edge of the outer bearing race.

Pat or Jamal do the new hubs come with the ABS tone rings installed or do you have to swap them over?

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You have to swap the tone ring over. No big deal, of course.

I've done a front wheel bearing 3 times in the past 3 or 4 years. Twice the hub was damaged - once just minor wear, the other time it looked as bad as the one that jamal posted. My guess is that as the bearing goes bad it starts to generate extra heat in there, perhaps expanding the inner race enough that it can spin on the hub and chew it up like that.

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