how do you change front wheel bearing in 96 accord


Asked by Jul 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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You are fortunate that 1996 is the last model year of Accord that does not use an integrated hub/bearing assembly, later models are much more difficult. Loosen the lug nuts and jack the car up. please use jackstands, do not work on a car raised with the jack for changing a flat tire Pry the cap out of the center of the hub with a flat-head screwdriver. The nut on the spindle in the center of the hub is locked in place with a tab. Raise the tab and remove the nut. Remove the bolts on the back side of the caliper and raise the caliper off the disc. Hang the caliper with a wire so it does not stretch the brake line. Pull out the cotter pin on the tie rod nut and remove the nut. Use a tie rod end remover to remove the tie rod end. (See image) Remove the upper and lower ball joints with the appropriate ball joint remover tool. Slide the knuckle and hub assembly off the driveshaft. Remove the two visible screws attaching the splash guard to the knuckle. Push the hub out of the steering knuckle with a press and remove the third screw and the splash guard. Remove the dust seal and inner bearing race from the inside of the knuckle. Remove the inner race with a bearing remover. Install the replacement bearing. Installation is the reverse of removal. The hub nut should be tightened to 80 ft-lbs. of torque.

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I forgot something. The inner race...since you are doing wheel bearings, I assume you know as fact that it is bad. So it might have gotten quite hot. On the inner race...eeeekkk...I hesitate to suggest this, hammers are last resort, but I had a bearing race stuck on a axle once and fought and fought it, it was like welded to the spindle...and one good smack with a ball-peen hammer and it broke off and did not damage spindle. Last resort..if one good hit does not do it DO NOT keep hammering away

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How do you differentiate from a bad knucle or a defective bearing .

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