Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
If you are bothering to remove your wheel bearings you might as well replace them, since they are cheap and they will likely be damaged by removal. I would highly recommend buying a bearing puller - I got one for about $150 at Princess Auto (like Harbour Freight, only for Canada). The bearings can be removed with a long punch inserted from the opposite side of the wheel, but it is time-consuming and frustrating. The bearing puller makes the job so easy. You'll also need a socket the same size as the outside diameter of the bearing you're installing, which you use to hammer the new bearing into place. There are 3 bearings in the back wheel - 2 different sizes, so you need 2 large sockets for reinstall. Take the new bearings with you to HF to get the right size sockets. Another trick is to put the bearings in the freezer before installing them in the wheel: it'll shrink them a wee bit and make installation easier. One of my back wheel bearings was pooched at 50k kms, so it's definitely something to check periodically. Good luck.