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DB7 - Wheel Bearing Woes

Upon removal of the driver's side knuckle I discovered that the driver's side wheel bearing sounded awful. It was definitely time to replace it. Knowing full well what was involved in this process, it was time to find or buy a press. I called up my buddy at Parts European to see if I could use their press to get this taken care of. Zach obliged and even offered to give me a hand.

Removing the wheel bearing from Leslie requires several things. First, you have to physically remove the front spindle. This was easy as I already had everything apart while changing the front ball joints.

If you don't have the luxury of a vise, go buy one. Ha! Or make a jig out of an old end table and then take twice the amount of time it would have taken if you would have stopped and bought a vise. Not a cheap vise either, a good, solid, old school one. One that is so heavy it will make the back of your car sag when you put it in the trunk. A vise from the days when steel was actually real. Alright, let me get down off my soap box. 
There is a large C-clip right behind the wheel bearing. Remove this before trying to remove the wheel bearing. I used a larger craftsman snap ring plier that worked just fine. Be careful with your real fine tip stuff as this clip is pretty hefty.

Next I used a 3lb sledge hammer and a 32mm impact socket to knock out the wheel hub. No reason to be too cautious here as we are replacing the whole bearing anyway.

In order to press the wheel bearing, removing the brake dust shield is helpful. I'm not sure if we could have done it without removing that. 

 Normally the front race of the wheel bearing comes out with the hub. This can be removed in a number of ways. 

Zach recommended an old trick to spin off the stuck metal using a long pry or breaker bar. You clamp the race in the vise and twist the hub. Unfortunately for us, that did not work. 

 Plan B, which I was more familiar with was to grind through the race just enough to split it with a punch and slide it off. That worked out perfectly for us. Be careful not to get carried away with the grinder. You do not want to grind in to the hub too much.

I don't have a picture of what the back looked like when we were done but, I only nicked the support shaft ever so slightly. I felt proud!

So, having access to a press is awesome! However, don't forget you will also need dies, spacers, and props to help get things in position and out. A press is 0 help without the proper knowledge to get the job done. Its not rocket science it just requires a little thinking through and some common sense.

Once you have the old bearing pressed out, clean up the inner surface and make sure it is good an clean. Now its time to press the new one in. Don't for get to put your snap ring back in. Also don't forget to put your brake dust shield back on. You will not be able to install it after the hub is pressed back in to the wheel bearing.

Another piece accomplished, now on to the upper control arms and we should be able to drive this thing. 


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