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alan6271

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Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:36:18 pm »
I am told both of my front wheel bearings need to be replaced.  I was curious if anyone has done this and how much there is to it.  I can get Timken bearings from Amazon for $75 each, looks like its all a sealed unit to me.

Anyone think I would have a problem doing it myself in my garage?
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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 05:01:44 pm »
No worries there easy. The hardest part is if the old hub assembly is rusted into the knuckle.Then it's kind of a fight but other than that it's a easy job.
 

 

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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 05:53:03 pm »
So easy an accountant can do it.  But a simple job that can be a real &/¥×*=&/*£/ if they have not been removed or replaced recently, breakimg the rust loose the first time can be a real nut buster.

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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 06:04:12 pm »
Thank you guys.  That's sort of what I was afraid of.  The shop wants $450 including parts to do both sides.  I can buy the hubs 75 each but I assume it's expensive because of rust.  I am going to do some research and see if I think I can get it apart due to rust.  Thanks
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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 07:50:06 pm »
Pb blaster helps a cheap of pry bars and bigger flat head screwdriver to hit and pry with. Then when you install the new ones​ use neverseize on it so it comes apart better in the future.
 

 

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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2017, 08:09:07 pm »
Stu's Offroad has a good write up under unit bearings.
 

 

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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2017, 08:45:05 pm »
Bring it over. I have done it and I have a torch.  The old one WILL come out.  You can get them cheaper at a place line Autozone, but they are not Timken.
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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2017, 09:22:43 pm »
Bring it over. I have done it and I have a torch.  The old one WILL come out.  You can get them cheaper at a place line Autozone, but they are not Timken.
Ditto, don't pay someone when we could have a good old fashioned cursing festival.  Buy beer and hide the children!

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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2017, 07:46:54 am »
The first time I did mine I used the socket-extension- power steering method and they came out easy

Leave the bolts in part way then put the socket you used to loosen with and ratchet extension between the bolt and the frame , then start the engine and turn the wheel to apply pressure on the bolt with the socket/extension it should pop out with ease.

there is a youtube video showing this method.
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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2017, 01:56:06 pm »
sweet.  Thanks
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Re: Jeep TJ Front Wheel Bearings
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2017, 09:42:16 am »
I am serious, I have done several on different vehicles.  We can get it done in 2 or 3 hours.  We could do it tomorrow, Sat or set a time.
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