Knuckle/Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

Knuckle/Hub/Wheel Bearing Replacement

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Special Tools Required
Hub dis/assembly tool (  07965-SA70100)

Ball joint remover, 28 mm (  07MAC-SL00200)
Attachment 62 x 64 mm (  07947-6340400)
Driver (  07749-0010000)
Support base (  07965-SD90100)

Knuckle Removal

1.Raise the front of the vehicle, and make sure it is securely supported.

2.Remove the wheel nuts, and front wheel.


3.Remove the brake hose bracket mounting bolt (A).


4.Remove the caliper bracket mounting bolts (B), and remove the caliper assembly (C) from the knuckle. To prevent damage to the caliper assembly or brake hose, use a short piece of wire to hang the caliper assembly from the undercarriage. Do not twist the brake hose with force.

5.Raise the stake (A), and remove the spindle nut (B).


6.Remove the brake disc retaining flat screws (A).


7.Screw two 8 x 1.25 mm bolts (B) into the disc to push it away from the hub. Turn each bolt two turns at a time to prevent cocking the disc excessively.

8.Remove the flange bolt (A) and wheel sensor (B) from the knuckle. Do not disconnect the wheel sensor connector.


9.Remove the cotter pin (A) from the tie-rod end ball joint, and remove the nut (B).

NOTE: During installation, insert the new cotter pin, and bend its end as shown (C) or (D).


10.Disconnect the tie-rod end from the steering arm on the knuckle using the special tool.

11.Remove the clip (A) from the lower ball joint, and loosen the castle nut.


12.Remove the driveshaft outboard joint (B) from the knuckle by tapping the driveshaft end with a plastic hammer. Remove the castle nut (C), and install the hex nut on the ball joint pin.

Take care not deform or damage the dust seal ring on the outboard joint.

13.Set the special tool over the ball joint securely while drawing the driveshaft outboard joint. Disconnect the lower arm and knuckle.

14.Loosen the damper pinch bolts (A) while holding the nuts (B), and remove the bolts and nuts.


15.Holding the driveshaft outboard joint to inward, remove the knuckle while drawing it outward.

NOTE: Do not pull the driveshaft end outward. The driveshaft inboard joint may come off.

Knuckle Installation

16.Install the knuckle in the reverse order of removal, and note these items:

  • Be careful not to damage the ball joint boot when installing the knuckle.
  • Tighten all mounting hardware to the specified torque values.
  • Torque the castle nut to the lower torque specification, then tighten it only far enough to align the slot with the clip hole. Do not align the castle nut by loosening it.
  • Install a new clip on the castle nut after torquing.
  • Use a new spindle nut on reassembly.
  • Before installing the spindle nut, apply a small amount of engine oil to the seating surface of the nut. After tightening, use a drift to stake the spindle nut shoulder against the driveshaft.
  • Before installing the brake disc, clean the mating surface of the front hub and the inside of the brake disc.
  • Before installing the wheel, clean the mating surface of the brake disc and the inside of the wheel.
  • Check the front wheel alignment, and adjust it if necessary.

Wheel Bearing Peplacement

1.Separate the hub (A) from the knuckle (B) using the special tool and a hydraulic press. Hold the knuckle with the attachment (C) of the hydraulic press or equivalent tool. Take care not to deform the splash guard. Hold onto the hub to keep it from falling when pressed clear.


2.Press the wheel bearing inner race (A) off of the hub (B) using the special tool, a commercially available bearing separator (C), and a press.


3.Remove the snap ring (A) and the splash guard (B) from the knuckle (C).


4.Press the wheel bearing (A) out of the knuckle (B) using the special tool and a press.


5.Wash the knuckle and hub thoroughly in high flash point solvent before reassembly.

6.Press a new wheel bearing (A) into the knuckle (B) using the old bearing (C), a steel plate (D), the special tool, and a press.

  • Note the wheel bearing insertion direction. Insert the wheel bearing with the hub bearing insede seal (E) side, mounted bearing with the encoder (brown color), toward the knuckle.
  • Remove the oil, grease, dust and other foreign material from the encoder surface.
  • Keep any magnetic tool away from the encoder surface.
  • Take care not to damage the encoder surface when inserting wheel bearing.


7.Install the snap ring (A) securely in the knuckle (B).


8.Install the splash guard (C), and tighten the screws (D) to the specified torque.

9.Press a new wheel bearing (A) onto the hub (B) using the special tools and a press.