If you do go down the route of changing the bearings, used a rather un-orthodox method of getting the new one in on a 2000 Clio (X Reg)
Old out is hard but simple - cold chisel, hammer, brute force and time.
New in requires care and a press.
I had 2 new drums, shoes and bearings to fit. Bearings were inserted as follows:
- Wait until your wife, g/f, mother goes out
- Put new bearing assy in sandwich bag, tie up and stick in freezer
- Heat oven to about 180 deg (Gas mark 4)
- Put drum in oven and leave for 30 mins
- Using an old towell, lift drum out of oven and place on a couple of bricks or other thick heatproof object (There will be a lot of energy in that lump of steel and will take a long time to cool)
- Remove bearing from freezer, take out of bag and drop into socket in the drum.
- with a bit of luck it will fall neatly into place.
- leave to cool down
- replace circlip
- refit to car
- leave the oven door open for a bit so the smell of old grease and