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Old 06-16-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Wheel bearing removal, not as easy....

as I thought.
After getting a quote of $1000 ( in local money) I decided to do this job myself. That was just the correct input needed to get the job started. My box has not seen a workshop ( except my garage ) in 6 years and for some reason it is still up and running without problems. ( knock on wood here...) Tools where purchased and of course I tried to take the cheapest way out here, a bearing puller set for $ 120 without the horseshoe shaped puller.
From what I have read somewhere it should have been possible just to loosen the driveshaft from the gearbox and pull it aside, this was not possible on a base boxster I found out after struggling with the bolts for a while. The S does have different shafts and gearbox so it might be correct there with the different shaft angles. Instead I had to remove the complete assembly from the control arm and the lower arm in order to take the shaft out.
Another pain was the hub removal, according to a few it is possible with a slide hammer. I had to give that up and instead use the holes for the wheel bolts in the hub to press it off that way. By building some reinforcement pieces behind the holes in the hub I could press it out that way with the wheel bolts.( the horseshoe shaped tool would have saved a few braincells here).Assembling everything was just a walk in the park.... until I studied another workshop manual the day after assembling everything.
It said " mount the bearing with the numbers on the seal facing inwards the car). I have no idea what direction I mounted this, It is not possible to check now as the hub is in the way and will damage the bearing if I remove it again. Any Idea here if this will make my car explode, kill the bearing slowly or if it does matter at all?
I took the old one apart and it did look pretty symmetric on the inside.

The result is amazing, what i thought was mostly tire noise and a beginning of a bad bearing is now totally gone. As someone here said, " there is no longer a M1 Abrams following me everywhere".
The bearing outer race on the inner side of the old bearing had quite a big damage, anyone who can tell the reason fot this damage?

I have only had it described briefly to me but the new Casper labs tool would have saved me a lot of time as the shaft removal is not necessary with that. A little bit late now but for the next time maybe

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:10 PM   #2
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You must have missed my post on my wheel bearing change out from a week ago. The SIR B90 tool makes removal and install a 15 minute job. You still will have 5 hours and 45 minutes of time invested in removing and installing everything you need to remove/install to get at the bearing.

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