Wheel Bearing - how to fix and replace

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[img] screenshot of How to Replace a Wheel Bearing, via ChrisFix (2015)

Note: This is a general overview, and the specific steps may vary based on the make and model of your vehicle. Always refer to your vehicle's service manual for accurate instructions.

How to replace a wheel bearing:

Tools and materials:

  • Jack and jack stands
  • Lug wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers
  • Wrenches
  • Torque wrench
  • Bearing grease
  • New wheel bearing assembly
  • Brake cleaner


  1. Safety first: Ensure the vehicle is on a flat surface, engage the parking brake, and wear appropriate safety gear.

  2. Lift the vehicle: Use a jack to lift the vehicle off the ground and secure it with jack stands.

  3. Remove the wheel: Use a lug wrench to remove the wheel covering the wheel bearing.

  4. Access the wheel hub: Depending on your vehicle, you may need to remove the brake caliper, brake rotor, and possibly other components to access the wheel hub.

  5. Remove the old wheel bearing: Once you have access, you'll need to remove the old wheel bearing assembly. This may involve removing a retaining nut or bolts.

  6. Install the new wheel bearing: Install the new wheel bearing assembly according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure to torque the components to the specified values.

  7. Reassemble: Reassemble the brake components and wheel hub in the reverse order of disassembly.

  8. Torque specifications: Follow the torque specifications for all nuts and bolts. Using a torque wrench ensures proper tightness without over-tightening.

  9. Grease: If applicable, pack the new wheel bearing with grease before installation.

  10. Brake check: After replacing the wheel bearing, it's crucial to check the brakes for proper function before driving the vehicle.

If you are not comfortable or experienced with vehicle repairs, it's advisable to seek professional assistance for wheel bearing replacement. Incorrect installation can lead to safety hazards and further damage to your vehicle. Watch the video below for more guidelines.