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#1 Shabazmo

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Posted 10 March 2011 - 08:25 PM

I will be attempting to change the rear wheel bearing on my Mk1 Galaxy this weekend. I have a 5kg slide hammer to remove the hub and bearing. What do I need to install the bearing.
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Posted 11 March 2011 - 05:52 PM

I will be attempting to change the rear wheel bearing on my Mk1 Galaxy this weekend. I have a 5kg slide hammer to remove the hub and bearing. What do I need to install the bearing.
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Hi I did a post about 5 years ago detailing how to do it, You should find it in the search. You can use the old nut and bolt and the spacer discs to pull the bearing back into the housing, then its just a case of fitting the circlip and using a soft mallet to gently tap the hub in. You may need to use the bolt and spacers and some packing to pull the bearing to the front of the housing when removing it as it can be difficult to get moving at first with the slide hammer.Hope this helps, Andy Met

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 05:06 PM

Thanks Andy. I tried searching your post but could not find it. I have dismantled the brake calipers and discs, but can't find out how to pull the hub off. Any ideas anyone.

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 12:10 AM

Well, I couldn't even get the hub off the bearing, so i have taken the trailing arm off and will take it to the Ford dealers to do the job.

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 12:01 AM

Job done. It cost £30+vat for the dealer to take out and replace the bearing and put the hub back on. Parts supplied by me. No charge for the re-test, so a good result.

Incidently it is well worth replacing the lower spring rubbers as theye were perished.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Hi all. much thanks to andy met to start with for giving me the confidence to tackle this job myself. any road up, none of the suggestions worked so here's what i did.....

removed calipers and disc which needed replacing anyway, nothing special there. undid the 24mm nut and bolt holding the hub on. the inner space is quite good giving sight and access to the inner bearing and the end of the hub so using a bar and 2lb lump hammer, beat the crap out of the end of the hub in a circular fashion using a 32mm socket and sacrificial bar, so it came loose but remained central. this did take some doing but it did eventually release with part of the inner bearing race still attached..back to that later. this gave access to the bearing circlip which was removed with needle nose pliers. tried the reverse bolt washer thing as suggested by andy met but it didnt work because the abs stator ring started to come off so gave up on that. back with the lump hammer and bar to beat the crap out of the outer bearing race which again took some doing but eventually started to move. i cant imagine how heavy a slide hammer would have to be to be effecctive on this. i did have one but it was as useful as a chocolate teapot and as the inner bearing race has a rounded edge, the slide hammer lip kept slipping off.

i had to place the hub in a vice and heat the broken inner bearing race with a plumbers torch which then allowed me to remove it with some gentle persuasion from a mini prybar and hammer. lightly grease the new bearing and tap into its housing using the old bearing as a drift. fit the circlip, tap the hub into place enough to get the bolt onto its threads  and then tighten to FT torque. replace the brakes and job done happy days.

if anyone else has anything to add or finds this helpful then that'll make me a happy bunny!!

happy hammering.