Mike had to buy a press machine in order to work on the wheel bearings, but it wasn’t quite the right height, so he extended the legs with metal bars that he cut with the saw…see the very exciting Sawing in the Dark video! We also received two new CV Drive Axles today. Mike only needs the end pieces, so he’ll be removing them. It was cheaper to purchase brand new completed axles than to purchase just the used end bits from an old Subaru, so he’ll hack off what he needs and toss the rest.
Now that the inside bearings have been replaced (RR Front Bearings Part 4), we can put the hub assembly back together, insert the outer bearings, and finish up the project.
Part 5: Reassembling the inner and outer hubs.
1. First, we touched up the inner wheel hub with some paint to keep it rust-free.
2. Push the inner and outer wheel hub parts together with the shop press.
3. Check to make sure the wheel hub is tight and spins freely, then grease it up good.
4. Insert the outer bearings into the wheel hub using the screw press.
5. Tap the inner seal into place with a screwdriver and you’re all done.
6. Now, you can place the newly reworked wheel hub back on to the front suspension, attach the wheel, and you’re (literally) ready to roll once again.
The old bearings have been removed (RR Front Bearings Part 3), so now it’s time to reverse the process and insert the brand new bearings into the hub.
Part 4: Inserting the new bearings into the inner hub.
1. With the shop press, push the new bearing sleeve into the inner hub.
2. Grease up the inside of the bearings and hub to keep things moving smoothly.
3. Insert the outer seal by pressing it into place with a screwdriver.
4. Up next…putting the hub assembly back together.