One method of removal is as follows: Once the upright has been removed from the car, you must remove the retaining ring on the back. Take out the small bale clip, and carefully loosen the ring using a punch, etc. This is the same ring used by the ABS system, so be careful not to chip it. Once it is removed, you can set the whole assembly into a press using large punches inserted into the ball joint holes for support. You will need to place something under the punches to give you enough elevation in the press to clear the spindle as it comes free. Press against the center of the spindle. It may not move. If this is the case, and it usually is, you must use a tremendous amount of heat on the bearing race to get the spindle to move. Use a gas welding torch to circle the bearing race closest to the spindle until it gets cherry red. Be careful NOT to allow the spindle and race to become welded together! Apply pressure again with the press until the spindle moves and can be pressed out. Remove the spindle and rotor assembly. Press or drive off the bearing race from the spindle if it stayed attached, and polish the spindle with a light emery cloth to remove any burrs, etc. Remove the retaining ring, and press out the old bearing through the back of the upright. Press the new bearing in, install the snap ring. Now support the inner bearing race on the back side of the upright, and press the rotor/spindle back into the bearing assemble from the front side.
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Friday, November 27th, 2009 AT 7:41 AM