As mentioned in yesterday’s post, Mike got a new set of longer wheel studs for the front wheels and now they are installed. After pushing out the old studs, Mike pressed in the new studs using the old nuts and a spacer on the vise. This sort of ruined the lug nuts, so he has ordered some new ones to make it all look nice and pretty. The new studs are plenty long enough now and the wider wheels fit snugly and securely…yay! The rear wheels studs will also be replaced, but Mike needs to redo the rear wheel bearings again (as he realized they weren’t done properly the last time), so more on this later.
We took a bit of a step back this week as Mike completely replaced the front wheel bearings that were previously installed. He did this because the front wheel bearings didn’t turn as freely as the rear wheel bearings. So, this week’s posts will all focus on the step-by-step process of removing, reworking, and replacing everything to do with the front wheel bearings. Let’s do this thing!
Part 1: Removing the front wheels, brakes, and hubs.
1. Start by removing the front wheel with an impact wrench.
2. Front disc brake is now exposed and needs to be removed to reach the wheel hub.
3. Remove the brake caliper with a socket wrench and just let it sit to the side (no need to detach the brake lines).
4. Remove the brake rotor to expose the wheel hub underneath.
5. Using a puller, release the tie rod end from the bottom of the wheel hub.
6. Using a wrench, release the upper front control arm from the top of the wheel hub.
7. Now, with a little elbow-grease, the wheel hub comes off easily…just like butter!
8. Up next…removing the wheel hub bearings.