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Old 06-30-2003, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default Wheel Bearings Install - Anyone w/ experience want to help?

I'd like to install new wheel bearings on all four corners before the Hyperfest this weekend. I've never done it before so if someone who's done it wants to lend a hand, I'd be really appreciative(I can shell out a few bucks). I have a garage(rather cluttered) and basic tools.

I haven't had a chance to check the Service Manual yet. Are there special tools required?

I still have to get the bearings. Are there any other replacement parts required, like cotter pins and such?

Thanks,

Jim
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:08 AM   #2
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The wheel bearing are pressed into the hubs....I think. So it'd going to be really hard to get he old ones out, and the new ones in, with "regular" tools. You need some sort of press....I think.
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:15 AM   #3
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You could remove the hub and take it to a machine shop and let them remove the old bearing and press in the new one. Might be cheaper then having a garage or dealership do all the work.
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:16 AM   #4
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I know this is probably a thread hijack -- consider it a bump instead.

I'm wondering, why do you need wheel bearings on a 2 yr old car?? Big wheels? I'd offer to help, but I don't have any experience with them, sorry.
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Old 06-30-2003, 10:35 AM   #5
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Car has 40k on it and I drive it pretty hard and on dirt roads pretty often. I thought I'd get some bearings and grease in there before the hard track time this weekend. It's more of a peace of mind kind of thing.

Didn't realize I'd need to press the bearings out. Bummer. Maybe I'll just bite the bullet and get it done at the (gulp) dealer.
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Old 06-30-2003, 01:49 PM   #6
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To press in and out wheel bearings, you can use an arbor press. At least that's what we did for my roommate's acura vigor. Something like these:

http://www.menintools.com/shop/arbor.html
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Old 06-30-2003, 01:51 PM   #7
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Default Wheel Bearings

I JUST had this done on the Forester ......

For Foresters the warranty coverage is as follows (I don't know how it applies to WRXs):

1998-99s the bearings are coverd by the 3/36 Bumper-to-Bumper

2000-02s the bearings are covered by the 5/60 Powertrain.

Go figure the higher mileage cars are conveniently NOT covered by SOA yet the part was not updated till 2003.

The 2K3+ bearings are tapered roller bearings and DO NOT REQUIRE ANY GREASE.

The dealer wanted $875 to do the rear bearings.

MY mechanic did the rear bearings and a rear brake job (all stock Suby parts) for $761 .... so F' The dealer (Springfield Subaru).

I have some .pdfs of service bulletins if you want just email me and I'll send them to you.

There is a special tool that lets you replace the bearings ON THE CAR ! Woo hoo .... wish I new about this before I went and paid for it to be done. I woulda rather had new tools !

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Old 06-30-2003, 02:26 PM   #8
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arent the bearings considered integral to the hub and technically non-servicable?

I dont have my FSM here but I will look when I get home.

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Old 06-30-2003, 02:39 PM   #9
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Which one did you buy? It cost me $25 for every bearing I had pressed out and in at the local machine shop. Why would anyone pay so much money? It's like $70 per wheel in parts and only takes a few hours to do.

G

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To press in and out wheel bearings, you can use an arbor press. At least that's what we did for my roommate's acura vigor. Something like these:

http://www.menintools.com/shop/arbor.html
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Old 06-30-2003, 03:12 PM   #10
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Don't sweat it, Evan. I have the FSM at home as well. I'll check it.

Again, they're not making noise or anything yet. I was just trying to be proactive(and safe).

I expect to drive it pretty hard this weekend. I have stock sized brakes w/ race pads and I'm leery of the heat buildup that might occur.

Also, I've made suspension mods to the car so I don't expect the dealer to cover anything. Plus, since they're not failing at the moment, I doubt the dealer would replace them.

It might be smarter for me to wait until after this weekend, and the RallyX the following weekend. If they're not giving me problems now, they may be shot after all that.

Mean, your way makes sense. Although I've always wanted a press of my own.

Thanks for the input, guys(gals?).
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