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The front wheel bearing started to roar 3 months ago, and I decided to change it by myself when it started to warm up outside.

I tried to find a good demo on Youtube, but there is none for Front Bearing.

I wonder what special tools I will need to pull out & press in the bearing, and what are the challenges and tricks.

It seems there are a few roadblocks in the procedures, such as remove the hub, remove the bearing.

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Yeah, on Hondas you need to remove the hub, then press the bearing out without damaging anything.

When you install the new one, it needs to be positioned properly so that the ABS's wheel sensors get an accurate 'read' on the bearing.

If you live in a road-salt environment, you might damage the sensor during removal, too. :kaboom


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For all of those reasons, when our Acura TL needed a front bearing, we farmed the job out to an independent Honda specialist. They did the job for half the cost of the dealer's estimate.
 

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Thanks for your advice. I got the new bearing today, and I wonder if one particular surface should point inwards during installation in order for ABS sensor to read it?
But the two surfaces look almost identical, and there is no orientation mark on it. Maybe I can install it in either orientation.

By the way, could you give a tip how not to damage the ABS sensor during removal?


Yeah, on Hondas you need to remove the hub, then press the bearing out without damaging anything.

When you install the new one, it needs to be positioned properly so that the ABS's wheel sensors get an accurate 'read' on the bearing.

If you live in a road-salt environment, you might damage the sensor during removal, too. :kaboom


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For all of those reasons, when our Acura TL needed a front bearing, we farmed the job out to an independent Honda specialist. They did the job for half the cost of the dealer's estimate.
 

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Does anyone know the front Axle Nut size ? Is it 32 mm? since I'm going to rent tools from AutoZone, and I need to know which size to use.
 

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First the sockets you rent as a set normally, not just one. But maybe your autozone is different.

Secondly there is a reason the only people that do these jobs at home are skilled mechanics fixing their own stuff or helping out friends. One mistake and it would have been cheaper to take it to a shop to fix.

And biggest reason, because every youtube video is WRONG. They say use a slide hammer to pull the hub axle then change bearing with hub still in the car. YOU CANNOT DO THIS!!!! You can and likely will damage one or more of the following parts. At minimum you knock the alignment out and start wearing out tires prematurely.

Strut
Tierods (inner and or outer)
Ball joint

Whoever thought that was a good idea (and those that followed the idea) need to be sterilized so they cant breed lol.

Entire assembly needs to be removed from the vehicle.

You will probably spend $500+ renting needed tools from autozone either way.

Another reason why someone that knows what they are doing is the ABS. You break the sensor theres a good chunk of change. Install the bearing wrong and you have to take it back out, its garbage so have to buy another one.

See this crap on amazon reviews all the time. People try to fix themselves and end up spending twice what a shop would have charged to fix it right the first time.

But like the tools you need:

Big ass breaker bar with socket for axle nut

Second breaker bar and set of sockets to remove strut bolts

Tools to remove brakes including caliper bridge

Bearing press tool kit

Snap ring pliers

Bearing race removal tool kit. Dont be like the idiots on youtube and try to cut the outer race off, only destroys the hub.

Big hammer

Set of wrenches and not cheap walmart crap (will just break)

1/2" large torque wrench. Dont use this correctly your bearing will fail within months and brake rotor will warp badly.

For those that have no idea what they are doing: no kids around due to excessive cuss words, possible small first aid kit for bloody knuckles

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no kids around due to excessive cuss words,
LOL, Yeah, you don't want to expand the kids' vocabulary THAT way! :censored:


Like I said, I do 90% of my own work, and this is one of the jobs I farm out. :bananawrench:
 
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