Need to replace rear wheel bearings

Tiny
BETTY1946
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  • 2002 SUZUKI XL7
  • 12,600 MILES
Repair shop could not remove the hub. They beat on it and knocked off the studs. THey wanted to tap the axle over to knock out the hub, damaging the rear end. Is there a clip holding the hub on? What is the easy way to remove the hub. I need to put in new bearings.
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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 AT 8:11 AM

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Tiny
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Do you mean you can't take the drum off?
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Friday, July 5th, 2013 AT 8:53 AM
Tiny
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All I know is the hub has the bearing in it. It is supposed to be removed and taken to the machine shop to have them press out the bearing and press new bearing in. I think the drum is part of the brake. I think part of the brake has to be loosened to get to the hub. I have been trying to get a diagram to show me how this section looks and is put together but cannot get one yet. I guess I will have to purchase the Suzuki Manuel. I don't know that I trust the car repair people right now. I think my nephew who is a good mechanic could do it if he could find out how to get the hub off. He did try to do it but knew he did not know how. THen I took it to the repair shop. It seems they could have found out how to remove the hub. I still don't understand why they didn't know how to do it. Beating on something is not the way to go and ruining the rear end and axle sounds wrong to me too. I have to figure out something soon as the problem has to fixed soon. There may be a real big difference in a foreign car and a domestic car. Thank you for responding.
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Saturday, July 6th, 2013 AT 10:26 AM
Tiny
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The hub is held in position by retaining nuts that has to be removed before it can be taken off the axle.
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Saturday, July 6th, 2013 AT 12:21 PM
Tiny
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I was told that there is a clip holding the hub on on my Suzuki. I don't know why the repair place did not know how to get the hub off. They beat the studs off and still could not remove the hub. I am hoping the Suzuki place knows how but I am afraid to take it to them also. I am waiting now to get enough money to try to get it fixed again. Thanks for responding.
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Saturday, July 6th, 2013 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
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Information is rather vague in our database and here are the procedures.

REAR AXLE SHAFT

Removal
1. Remove rear brake drum. Drain gear oil from rear axle housing by loosening drain plug. Remove rear wheel bearing retainer nuts from axle housing. Remove wheel speed sensor from rear axle housing (if equipped with ABS).

2. Ensure there is clearance between rear wheel bearing retainer and parking brake shoe lever. If there isn't clearance, loosen cable locking nut further to obtain clearance. Using a brake drum remover and a slide hammer, draw out axle shaft.

3. On vehicles equipped with ABS, remove sensor rotor from retainer ring. Use a grinder to grind one part of the sensor rotor until it is thin. Use a chisel to break sensor rotor and remove.

4. To remove bearing retainer ring from axle shaft, grind bearing retainer in 2 places and use a chisel to break retainer ring.

5. Remove retainer ring from shaft. Remove bearing from shaft by using a hydraulic press. Remove wheel studs using a hydraulic press.
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Sunday, July 7th, 2013 AT 3:40 AM
Tiny
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Thank you for your response. I will show this to my Nephew. He can make sense of it. He had told me he thought you had to drop the axle. I stll can't figure out why the car shop would not listen to me or find out how to work on a foreign car. It is different than a domestic. Car. Thanks again.
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Sunday, July 7th, 2013 AT 4:42 PM
Tiny
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You're welcome.

This should be similar for most makes. The axle ahft is held in position by nuts but removing them do not necessarily mean it would come off easily. The procedures indicates the necessity to use a slide hammer to pull the shaft after removing the holding nuts.
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Monday, July 8th, 2013 AT 7:14 AM
Tiny
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Thank You
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Monday, July 8th, 2013 AT 6:27 PM
Tiny
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Any update on this?
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Sunday, July 14th, 2013 AT 6:20 PM
Tiny
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Not yet? Haven't been able to find out if any mechanic here knows how yet? Thanks
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Monday, July 15th, 2013 AT 7:37 AM
Tiny
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Any update on this?
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Saturday, September 14th, 2013 AT 9:42 PM

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