can i replace the wheel bearing without having to take it to a machinist to be pressed?
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1993 Toyota Corolla
Question: front drivers side wheel bearing
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, February 02, 2009, 19:37Master
The wheel bearing is a cartridge style wheel bearing that is pressed into the steering knuckle. The brake caliper and caliper mount are removed, the half shaft is removed from the hub. The lower ball joint and tie rod end are removed and the steering knuckle is removed from the suspension. A press is needed to press the bearing out of the hub. Once the bearing is removed the new bearing must be pressed in and the hub then carefully pressed into the new bearing. After reassembly the car should be aligned.
taltizer August 29, 2009, 21:38Rookie
Remove the steering knuckle as described and remove the wheel seals. There is a large clip on the inside of the steering knuckle that keeps the bearing from moving inward. Carefully remove the clip. Grease up the bearing tube to aid in removing it, then drive out the old bearing. This bearing is bad anyway so there is no need to be gentle. Just don't damage the knuckle. The new bearing needs to be put in the freezer. Yes the freezer.. The longer the better (over night). One would normally heat up the steering knuckle with a torch but just freezing the bearing worked for me. Just a few hits from a hammer and it went right in.
Tips: Make sure the outside surface of the bearing is free of frozen grease,etc.. and use the old bearing race to drive the new bearing in.