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    Thread: Front wheel bearing replacement... am I missing anything?

    1. Member Sodi Pop's Avatar
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      11-09-2010 12:38 PM #1
      Hey guys, before you tell me to search there is no DIY for the R32 just threads asking questions about getting it done at shops. with that said im going to be doing this with my buddy who is a professional mechanic but not for VW. i have the wheel bearing kit from ECS which includes the new bearing, c clip, and new bolt. i have a 3 jaw puller and the tools needed (sockets, breaker bar, ect) is there antything i should know before doing this and do i have everything needed to change an R32 wheel bearing.

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      11-09-2010 12:56 PM #2
      i thought this was good the other day.. really decent write up not for our car but gti.. not sure how alike they are. but its quality info reguardless.

      http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=250295
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      11-09-2010 01:14 PM #3
      the TDI club DIY is good, the only thing is that I was able to remove the bearing piece that sticks to the hub with a small gear puller but needed to use a hose clamp around the legs because it will slip off.



      fun job, the bearing tool saves you so much trouble, removing the knucke to have the bearing pressed, specially if you dont have a press will add tons of time to the project.

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      11-09-2010 01:32 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by huichox4 View Post
      removing the knucke to have the bearing pressed, specially if you dont have a press will add tons of time to the project.
      This is the way I will be doing it on Thursday 11/18/10, I will also be having new bushings pressed into my front control arms.
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      11-09-2010 01:44 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by climbingcue View Post
      This is the way I will be doing it on Thursday 11/18/10, I will also be having new bushings pressed into my front control arms.
      good if you have the time, but something like this woks just as well.


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      11-09-2010 02:54 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by huichox4 View Post
      good if you have the time, but something like this woks just as well.

      I did this earlier this year as well, this bearing puller kit works great and take the place of a press beautifully. Useful for lots of other things as well, so it's not a waste of $$ for a use or two.

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      11-09-2010 05:39 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by VRptstyly View Post
      I did this earlier this year as well, this bearing puller kit works great and take the place of a press beautifully. Useful for lots of other things as well, so it's not a waste of $$ for a use or two.

      GL just take you time
      X2. Just did the REAR wheel bearing last weekend. Front bearings were done about a month ago. No need to remove the spindles or have it aligned if you use the bearing removal/install tool. Works awesome but you need to be very careful with how you use it. Use the wrong size and it will screw things up.
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    9. 05-05-2012 03:31 PM #9
      So I tried to do my bearing today and I'm stopped. Can't find a Allen key /socket to take out the axle. What have you guys done?

    10. 05-05-2012 03:31 PM #10
      This is where I'm stuck.

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      05-05-2012 05:15 PM #11
      You will need to get a 17mm allen socket. To break it loose you will need to have the wheel on and car on the ground as it's torqued on there REALLY good.

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      05-05-2012 05:31 PM #12
      The only place I could find that stocked that size Allen key was Sears. They sell it as part of set of 4 for around $45

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      05-05-2012 05:32 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by GinsterDub View Post
      You will need to get a 17mm allen socket. To break it loose you will need to have the wheel on and car on the ground as it's torqued on there REALLY good.
      Plus a 1/2'' breaker bar, plus a 6-8 foot pipe on the end.

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      05-05-2012 05:33 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Zealot View Post
      The only place I could find that stocked that size Allen key was Sears. They sell it as part of set of 4 for around $45
      Every major auto parts store has them too.

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      05-05-2012 10:35 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by bolide View Post
      Every major auto parts store has them too.
      Hmm... The Autozone and Advanced Auto near me did not. If yours did, more power to you. Plus, it was probably cheaper.

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