Front wheel bearing replacement advice needed ?

Kent McLean kentmclean at
Mon Oct 30 06:11:01 EST 2006

Steve Scalmanini wrote:
> I have to replace a front wheel bearing ASAP.  Is the best way to remove the entire strut, 
> leaving all the alignment nuts at the top in place and tight, and bring it to a shop for 
> removal and replacement?  (I don't have easy access to a press.)  Or is there a tool I 
> should buy/rent/borrow to do it on the car? 

Here is a link to a home-made bearing puller (I haven't done it myself, 
I paid a shop to do it; I just edited the twiki text).

If you bring the whole car to a shop, they should be able to leave the
hub in place (using a HubShark-style puller; ask them), and leave your
alignment alone.

If you bring the hub to a shop, you'll have to have an alignment done.

If you try to use the home-made bearing puller, you'll have a challenge,
and maybe a lot of trouble, but you'll save a few bucks.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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