Posts Tagged ‘wheel bearings’

Replacing Trailer Wheel Bearings

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Monitoring your trailer wheel bearings is critical to the safe functioning of your trailer. If they are making noises, it might be time to swap out those bearings for new ones before you get stuck somewhere.

Here’s a quick video showing you how to do it…


Installation of Press-in Front Wheel Bearing

Friday, June 17th, 2016

In this video, Keith from SKF shows how to properly remove and replace a generation 1 press-in front wheel bearing with ABS tone ring.

He shows the proper tools that you will need to do this correctly and safely.

After everything is apart, Keith walks you through an inspection of the parts, checking for wear.

Then he gives a quick trick to know which side of the bearing contains the tone ring so that it can be inserted properly into the knuckle.

Finally, he shows how to put all the pieces back together.


How To Replace Skateboard Wheel Bearings

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Having your skateboard bearings replaced, installing new bearings, and putting your cleaned skateboard bearings back can be quite tricky, but once you learn how to go about it, it will become a breeze the next time around.

First off, just set the bearing into the wheel. And then, press the bearing down into the hole, with ample amounts of pressure on the external metal rim of the bearing. Caveat: do not press on the shield or even at the center part of the bearings. Press the bearing on its flat surface with the edge of the wheel.

Do this process with all the other bearings, putting one on each side of every wheel. It would be best to have the shielded side of the bearing facing out on each.

With the use of your skate tool or a socket wrench, slowly tighten every nut down. Doing so will push the bearings down into the wheels. See to it that you do it carefully to avoid cranking too hard or fast on the nuts. Otherwise, you may damage the bearings. Tighten them all up until they feel snug, and then stop. Don’t overdo it. Aim for the nuts to fit on snuggly, as well as to be done turning.

Watch this video for details.


How to Check for Worn Wheel Bearings

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Suffice it to say, wheel bearings are essential parts of the suspension system of your vehicle. They help hold the weight of your car and let the steering wheel rotate with the least friction possible.

Just like any automobile part, wheel bearings can go through wear and tear as time passes by. Worn wheel bearings can pose serious threats and should be replaced as soon as possible. Driving with your bearings immensely worn-out can cause major accidents when you lose control of your vehicle.

Here are some things to pay attention to:

  1. Observe if there are vibrations or wobbling from your steering wheel as you drive. What happens in these cases is that the steering wheel will shake. In some cases it can cause your car to pull to the side when you step on the brakes.
  1. Listen for any squealing noise which gets louder as your car accelerates. If such noises come from your tires or steering wheel, that would be an indications that you already have worn wheel bearings.
  1. Check if there are grinding noises that come from the steering wheel while you’re driving. A grinding noise is the most typical noise that car owners hear, and it only goes to show that you have worn-out wheel bearings.
  1. Observe if there’s any looseness in the wheel while driving. Any looseness is a red flag that you have a worn-out wheel bearing.


How to Change Wheel Bearings

Friday, August 9th, 2013

A car’s suspension includes wheel bearings. For the most part, they are found in the wheel’s hub, rotor or brake drum. They assist the wheel in rotating as the vehicle moves. In the event there’s whirring or humming sound as you drive, or if your ABS light turns on, it’s high time you replaced your old bearings with brand new ones. Wheel bearings are, by all means, a necessary element of a car, but you can do the replacement yourself. Here are the steps:

  1. Park your car on a level surface and be sure the parking brake is up.
  2. If you are trying to fix a front wheel bearing, put a wheel cock behind the rear. If you’re working on a rear wheel, place a wheel cock behind a front tire. Break loose the lug nuts of the wheel you are repairing using a socket and a breaking bar.
  3. Use a jack to lift the wheel. See to it that the vehicle is on the jack before you even attempt to lift. When the wheel is off the ground, you may then take off the lug nuts and the wheel.
  4. Take the bolts off with the use of a socket and a ratchet. Then, with the use of a screwdriver, remove the caliper. See to it that the caliper does not dangle and hit the brake hose.
  5. In the event the rotor gets stuck, you can hit it loose using a rubber mallet. However, you may incur damage to the rotor. That said, the best way to go about it is using a mallet only if you don’t plan on reusing the same rotor.
  6. Loosen the wheel bearing bolts with the use of a socket and a breaking bar.
  7. Sand off rust or corrosion that you notice surrounding the knuckle. Be meticulous working around the drive shaft spindle so you get rid of all the rust or corrosion. The knuckle must be thoroughly cleaned before installing the new wheel bearing.
  8. Install a new bearing on the knuckle. Push the bearing as far as possible, making it a point that it’s correctly lined up. When it is far enough, change the assembly bolts. Working on the bolts a little at a time will guarantee that the assembly does not move or bring about damage.
  9. Change the lug nuts as well as the tire. After having installed the new bearing, you may then change the lug nuts and tire. See to it that the lug nuts are tightened as much as possible before you lower your vehicle using the jack.

Can mixing different wheel bearing grease into a bearing cause it to fail?

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Question by skahhh: Can mixing different wheel bearing grease into a bearing cause it to fail?

Timken bearing came with some grease but it did not look completely filled. I was told it was not supposed to be completely filled. This is on a 2003 Yukon that failed at 80k!

Would a bad bump cause it to fail?

Best answer:

Answer by racemaster
Mixing grease will not make it fail, neither will a bump, but it is common for hub assemblies to fail at 80-100k. If it is a front bearing on a 4 wheel drive don’t add grease [hub assembly], add grease on a 2 wheel drive [unless it is a hub assembly]. If it is a rear bearing make sure the rollers are covered in grease, but not too thick.

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