An Easy Guide to Repacking Your Wheel Bearings

May 26th, 2013 by

Automotive MechanicIf you’re looking for a reliable Chrysler dealer near Stony Beach, come to Crestview Chrysler for all of your vehicle maintenance needs. Our service technicians have the skills to make sure that you’re completely satisfied.

In today’s blog, our service technicians want to provide a few tips for repacking wheel bearings. First of all, check to see if you have drum brakes or disc brakes. Drum brakes are easy to repack, but disc brakes are trickier and you may want to stop in to our service department if you aren’t confident.

Jack Up the Vehicle and Get to Work

The first step is to jack up the car and take off the wheel; be sure to place jack stands, just to be safe. You’re fine if you have a floating drum, but is you have a hubbed drum, you will need to take off the grease cap first. Next, you will need to remove the outer bearing, including the washer.

Check and Clean the Bearings

Now that you’ve got a good look at the bearings, take a glance at the grease. Don’t clean them, but check to see if there are any silver bits in the grease; if you see these, the bearings will need to be replaced. After the check, you will then take care of that grease with a solvent or kerosene as well as a paintbrush that you don’t plan on using for paint. Before repacking the bearings, you will need to run them under water and let them dry, or else the solvent will kill off the new grease too.

Repack the Bearings

After cleaning, take some bearing grease with your one hand and then firmly put the bearing on the grease with your other hand, which will make sure that the grease gets everywhere. Gloves will definitely help with this because you’re going to want to cover the bearing completely. If the outer bearings look good, then the inner bearings will most likely be fine. At this time, it’s up to you if you want to continue on and repack the inner bearings or reassemble everything.

Come to Crestview Chrysler for Your Maintenance Needs

As described, repacking bearings can be a messy prospect, so if you are not up for it, then bring your car into our dealership for servicing. We’ll be happy to help and show you how it’s done. Please contact us if you have any questions about repacking bearings or if you want to schedule service.

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