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Old 09-15-2013, 02:41 PM   #1
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Thanks to You Tube & Harbor Freight

This weekend I replaced my rear wheel bearing using the Harbor Freight Front Wheel Bearing Adapter kit and some techniques I found on You Tube.

It saved much of the cost & all of the wait, for a SIR tool.

The tool did not help with pulling the hub out, but that part was really not all that hard. You Tube provided an easy solution.

The kit helped pull the bearing out without a lot of problem (1/2 inch breaker about 27" long). Pressing the frozen bearing back in required quite a bit more effort than getting the old one out. Pressing the hub into the bearing was considerably easier than pressing the bearing in.

The hardest part of the whole job is refitting the lower control arm without damaging the threads or dust cover on the ball joint...and I don't want to even discuss that little handbrake spring and it's ability to launch to the darkest and farthest recesses of the garage...grrrr.

I'm hoping the other side lasts at least until the snow starts falling. We're in prime top-down weather here.

I was a bit surprised that the bearing construction is 2 rows of balls rather than rollers spanning the width of the bearing.

2003 Boxster S Dark Teal
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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Good for you! good work.

I did this job a few years ago. I replace rear drivers side due to the typical noise. I have access to lift and 55 ton press. Worst part of the whole deal was reinstalling the parking brake cable, spring and shoes. Got it done and all was well.

The next year, I have to replace all 4 CV boots. I decide to do passenger side bearing 'while I'm there'. What an idiot. Boots and bearing r/r go well but I like to never get the parking brake cable back through the hub. It took a few hours of screwing around with it before I got it.

Sure hope the bearings last!

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