Front wheel bearings

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How can you tell if you have to just re pack your front wheel bearings or replace them?

If you replace them, should you also replace Cups and seals?

Found a little play on my wheel thinking it was the Ball joint.

Not sure if I should just repack the bearings or replace them.

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They're super cheap to just replace. I'm about to replace my front rotors once I get my car back from the body shop.

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If you tighten the nut and still have some play, then they need to be replaced. When I did mine I didn't think they were too bad but was surprised that the ride was much quieter after replacing the bearings and races. I didn't attribute any noise when driving before to the bearings but obviously there was.

 

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You need to clean them to make the decision. If there is any pitting or roughness on the rollers or the race replace them and the races along with the seals.

 

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Agreed with Jeff. Also look for bluing or dark discoloration of bearing rollers and races. Best to dump em if so.

 

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Do you need a special tool to take out the old races or put in the new ones?

I have never done this before so I just want to make sure that I can do the job with the tools that I have.

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There are special tools for doing the job. It can be done by carefully using a punch working from side to side making sure the race is going in straight, you do not want the race getting cocked in the hub. It's OK to put a new race on an old bearing but a new bearing must have a new race.

 

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Spend 140 get rotor and bearings. Peace of mind!

 

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Spend 140 get rotor and bearings. Peace of mind!
I just did this. If you buy it all from Rock Auto you can get out the door for less than $100!

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