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post #26 of 37 (permalink) Old 10th October 2008
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Originally Posted by gazza82 View Post
How did you get on with the torque on the hub nut .. isn't it higher than most standard torque wrenches?
What I did was to use a long wrench, and calculate the torque using my weight(49.9kG) and length.

Touque = weight (kG) x G (m/s^2) x length (m)

When I stand on the right length, the nut will be tighten in right touque.

Had it tested serveral times, I can do the right torque within + - 5% error.

please be aware that G = 9.801
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post #27 of 37 (permalink) Old 10th October 2008
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Very interesting YYsnet - any chance of explaining what (m/s^2) stands for in the formula Or better still any chance of actually posting the factors and results of your calculations.

Also what units are you using for torque - is it N/M or ft/lbs
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Originally Posted by chris m View Post
Right, this is one that crops up sometimes and as I had to do one I took some photos.

First identify the appropriate bearing (difficult sometimes on a small car). To do this jack up the front (taking normal precautions) and rotate the wheels listening for a rumble. Also grasp top and bottom of wheel and rock feeling for movement. It should be pretty obvious.

Remove road wheel exposing swivel hub assembly and remove hub nut.

Remove 2 bolts holding brake caliper and tie caliper up to prevent strain on hose.

Remove nut securing track rod end.

Release track rod end from hub.

Undo 2 bolts holding bottom ball joint to wishbone (or split balljoint and remove if splitter to hand)

Remove lower suspension bolts noting that nuts are at rear.

Pull swivel hub away from CV joint.

To replace the bearing you normally need to use either a hydraulic press or a heavy duty vice and suitable drift. I have neither and as the car is in daily use I sourced a 2nd hand swivel hub with new bearing from a breakers for 15.

Refitting is the opposite to dissasembly. However first apply some grease to the CV splines and use threadlock on all nuts. Als it is good practice to replace any nuts bolts that appear worn and to always replace the hub nut.

Refit road wheel, lower car.

Before test driving pump the brakes to centre the pads. Carefully test drive listening for any clunks etc. to indicate loose bolts.

Get cold beer from fridge, boast to other half about your prowess and relax in the knowledge that a dealer would have charged over 100 for 3/4 hours work.
what other tool can be used to push bearing out of the hub??? answers will be great thanks
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Well as well as an oil change this weekend i'll also be attempting to change the front bearings on my DCI without a machine press.

A few years back I managed it with my Megane Coupe and found the most important thing to remember when you try to bash the old bearing out is to remove the circlip.... I spent a good hour trying to beat my hub to a pulp before realising I hadn't removed it :loser: once I realised I managed to pop the bearing out with a few minutes of excessive force and the top part of my axle stand as the tubing just happened to fit through the hub perfectly. Fingers crossed i'll manage the Clio's bearings with less trauma but i'll let everyone know on Monday.
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That didn't go as planned..... couldn't get the brake calliper off, flaming mounting bolts felt like they were welded in place, even gratuitous use of a mallet on the wrench wasn't enough to budge the little bugg@rs and then it started raining and I called it a day.

Going to try again later in the week once i've had some spinach or something
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