Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby RogerT » 11 Oct 2018, 12:55

Are synchro front bearings more difficult to do than 2wd rear bearings?
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby garyd » 11 Oct 2018, 13:30

RogerT asked - Are synchro front bearings more difficult to do than 2wd rear bearings?

Yes, they are a double row ball race, pressed into the hub upright. You have to separate the upright from the upper & lower arms, driveshaft and track rod to remove it from the vehicle and get it under a press with the right sized tools to remove/refit the bearings.

Syncro rear hubs are the same as 2wd ones.

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Thanks for the pointers guys. I have now discovered that the slight movement was due to the hub nut being a fraction loose! Half a turn on the nut and all is well. New nuts ordered though.
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby RogerT » 11 Oct 2018, 16:03

Thanks, but I see now I should have been more specific with my question...
What I want to know is, is it more difficult to fit the race into the hub? I’ve done a 2wd rear just carefully hammering it in with a soft drift on the outer race, would a similar approach work on the syncrow, or does it NEED a press? The reason I’m asking is there is a sync to down the road from me that hasn’t moves in donkeys, and it’s tempting... (and I know there’s plenty of other reasons to steer clear...)
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby garyd » 11 Oct 2018, 16:12

If you read my first post you'll see that I have never done this job.
Maybe one of those offering press tools can answer your question.
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby clift_d » 11 Oct 2018, 16:23

My understanding is that you need a decent press to put the front Syncro bearing in as it's a snug fit, and that you really need to do it with the proper mandrels to avoid damaging the bearing.

The order is different from 2WD in that the hub goes inside the bearing which goes inside the steering upright.
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby Aidan » 11 Oct 2018, 18:26

broken down many hundreds of miles from civilisation having a spare bearing but only basic tools you might be able to do it using heat and cold and care and cunning (jack etc...) but after 20plus years and rusted in place I have needed best part of 10 tonnes of press force and heat to shift a really stubborn one out; the bearing is 80mm od and 50mm thick that is a lot of surface area to press in and it must go in straight, and if using temperature differences needs to be done fairly quickly and right first time

some things are easier on syncro than 2wd, most are pretty much the same but some are slightly more involved and or difficult/awkqward 'ffs who designed this' sort of jobs

the VW tool to support the bearing carrier to press the bearing out and in is simple but shaped to fit so the press job is safer/predictable and robust enough for the job but it's not massive wall thickness, I guess it's modern HT steel so not too heavy
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby RogerT » 11 Oct 2018, 18:43

Cool, thanks Aiden, I’ll not give up on my dreams of Syncro ownership yet then! It’s a white panel van that has been sitting outside the same house for 5+ years, and DVLA notes it as never having been MOT’d...

Garyd, sorry for the hijack, and good luck!
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby silverbullet » 11 Oct 2018, 20:49

Achtung! Duck and cover!

Oh dear lordy its AIDAN

Do spell it right, it's not difficult...

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby Aidan » 12 Oct 2018, 11:44

silverbullet wrote:Achtung! Duck and cover!

Oh dear lordy its AIDAN

Do spell it right, it's not difficult...

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automatic spell checking on most mobile devices responsible for the mispelling I fear though why spellcheck doesn't give options for proper names and assumes it knows best is beyond me - iPhone thinks we Aidan's are all northern irish protestants (that's where the en version comes from)
daft thing it is now in top 100 names, and especially popular in US since the millennium, and most people get it wrong because it's now not the most common spelling of the name
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Postby RogerT » 12 Oct 2018, 18:52

Sorry, hangs head in shame...

I’ll not blame my phone, just witlessness.
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