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Old 01-01-2016, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Savington View Post
You have to support the inner race when you press the hub in. Support the outer race and you'll destroy the bearing.
By support to you mean that where u need to press on it.
I would think you would try and press on the out side of the bearing.


I am thinking about trying this job my self and wanted to know.
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Old 01-06-2016, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Savington View Post
You have to support the inner race when you press the hub in. Support the outer race and you'll destroy the bearing.
Hm. Thought that's what I did, but apparently not. Ordered another Timken bearing for another shot at this. Yay for Amazon Prime. At least I know freezing the bearing get it in place easily and I can then drop off everything to get the hub pressed in if it comes to it. No point in destroying bearings when I have a shop a stones throw from my house.

I'm just wondering if this is a first. Having a wheel so poorly balanced that it 65mph shimmy's a 41k mile factory bearing to ****. I chalked it up as normal, clearly it was more violent than I thought. New wheels have only a very very slight shimmy, even with a "bad" bearing. Old wheels will be held to higher standard.

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In short. I'm jealous of anyone that can do it without serious tools.
With all the reading I did beforehand I was nervous, even with a low mileage car, that something would be ridiculously seized together. Glad it wasn't, sure makes life easier.
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Old 01-08-2016, 07:39 PM
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So, I'm no less a dingus, but when I put the new bearing in I was in fact supporting the inner race as I thought. My install method was a bit savage the first time around, but the real problem was forgetting the c clip, taking the hub back out, blah. Just got the (second) new bearing in and while everything was apart realized the play I'm feeling at the right rear wheel (either grabbing it and pushing/pulling or taking a fast left hander) has nothing to do with the bearing...which is sandwiched between the hub and axle. It's my UCA bushings.

Reasons to troubleshoot properly and just use logic in general. Oh well, the original was making some noise and it's nice to know how to do this, so there's that at least.
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