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Front Wheel Bearings?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 89OKIE, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. 89OKIE

    89OKIE Registered Member

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    How and what special tools are needed to change the front wheel bearings on an 89' with man. locking hubs.
     
  2. ArrowheadK5

    ArrowheadK5 1/2 ton status

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    Same question, but for 87? any difference?
    My spindle nut(s?) backed off and wrecked my hub and outer bearing. Interested to know what responses you get.
    Good Luck! [​IMG]

    Four wheel drive, four wheel expenses...
     
  3. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    snap ring pliers make it easier but you dont need them, i use 2 small screwdrivers, the hub socket tool, which you can buy from pep girls or autozone, its the same for all 1/2 fronts, about $10 make sure when you put it all back togather you get that little nipple on the first ring to firlmy get into a hole, if it dosnt later on its a PIA.

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  4. rampage

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    Just did mine this weekend. Along with the other suggestions, it will also help to have a bearing packing tool. This is the easiest way I know of to get the grease inside the bearings. I think it's less than $10 at any auto parts store. Of course you need a grease gun to go with that. If you don't have a hex wrench to remove the brake calipers then pick one of those up too, I forget what size it is though. Make sure to seat the bearings correctly and torque the adjusting nuts correctly. This will require a torque wrench also, one that reads up to 200 ft/lbs will do. I'm sure you could get by with the good-n-tight method, but since I don't like my wheels falling off I'll just stick with the specified ratings [​IMG]. If you haven't done this before then a Haynes manual would be helpful.
     

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