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:icon_question:Hi, I have a 1998 L and my front driverside wheel bearing is failing. I purchased a replacement, and I am planning to do it myself. Are there any tricks to this? I' ve heard I may have to remove the axle. Anyone have any advise?
 

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Do you have a hubshark or other similar tool to do it? You either need a bearing tool, or to pull the knuckle off the car and use a shop press.
 

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Around here one can "borrow" these tools from Autozone or Advanced Auto Parts. (for a deposit)

While it's not recommended, I changed mine with a hammer and large socket set. I hammered the old bearing out with a large socket, then used the outer race of the old bearing to drive the new one in.

I say "not recommended" because the bearing has to go in straight and even. It's easy to screw it up with a hammer, so you have to go slow with a lot of little taps around the outside of the old race.
 
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