HRTKD wrote:Based on the service diagram it looks fairly similar to the hub assembly that was on my '07 Titan. So you'll be replacing the assembly, not just the bearings. Doable for sure. Hopefully you don't live in a state with a lot of salt used on the roads.
Thankfully, I live in Texas. I thought I'd never actually say that!
. (Austin is great; it's the rest of Texas that's... challenging.) . Plus, the car only has 72K miles on it, but I drive it pretty hard in the twisties. My GTI's front wheel bearings, as well as those on my S.O.'s BMW 528i, also only lasted about that long.
HRTKD wrote:Spray the bolts holding the assemble to the spindle with some penetrant to (hopefully) make it a bit easier. A good sized hammer or sledge is often needed to encourage the assembly to come out of the spindle. There's also a trick using the bolts to force the assembly out but I don't remember the details. I did use a gear puller to help the assembly off.
When you reinstall the assembly, clean the spindle hole with sandpaper and put a light coat of anti-seize on the edge of the hole. It'll help the assembly to go back in a bit easier and should you need to remove it in another 80,000 miles it will come out easier. At least on the Titan the bearings were good for about 100,000 miles. Considering how I used my Titan I got 90,000 miles out of them and was thankful to get that much.
Thanks for the tips! I've been wondering if I should get a gear puller. Which type/size/brand gear puller did you use, do you remember?