Wheel bearing replacement:

Learn how to help prevent wheel bearing failure.

Wheel bearing replacement: discover how to do a wheel bearing replacement on your own -- and save.
Even though repacking wheel bearings may not be the cleanest job, it is one that can be performed quickly and is crucial to the smooth operation of your vehicle.

Also remember that the wheel bearings in your trailer need regular servicing, too, especially if they see any kind of marine duty. Boat trailers require more frequent wheel bearing replacement.

While this brochure only covers the lubrication process itself, Advance Auto Parts also carries a complete line of wheel bearings and related components if yours should need replacement. Plus, we stock a comprehensive collection of other quality auto parts for your vehicle maintenance jobs.

Try to prevent wheel bearing failure by servicing them at every brake job.

Without regularly scheduled and proper lubrication of your wheel bearings, you may be exposing yourself to a wheel bearing failure. While some wheel bearings are sealed and lubricated for life, many more are not, yet these are easily serviced.

Advance Auto Parts carries many types of wheel bearing grease to suit your application and help prevent wheel bearing failure. Consult a repair manual for the specific grease you need for your vehicle. Superior lubrication protection is provided by synthetic grease. It lubricates better and lasts longer.

Wheel bearing replacement -- what you’ll need:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide for wheel bearing replacement:

Estimated time required - 60 Minutes

How to service your wheel bearings on your own and guard against wheel bearing failure:

To properly check your wheel bearings, you must jack up your vehicle and secure it on jack stands. Place your hands on the tire at 12 and 6 o’clock. Try to tip the wheel. Do the same with your hands at 3 and 9 o’clock. If you note a lot of free-play, you may need to replace your wheel bearings.

  1. Use brake cleaner to clean off the old grease. Do not use compressed air. Look for scoring, flaking, blue or heated spots. Bearings should be smooth and the finish consistent.
  2. A bearing packing tool makes the job easier. Just place the bearing between the discs and force grease between the inner and outer races of the bearing.
  3. Put a large dollop of grease into one hand and scoop grease into the large side of the bearing, making sure the grease gets inside.
  4. Rotate the bearing and keep scooping until grease oozes from all the openings, and has completely covered the bearings and races.
  5. On reassembly, tighten the spindle nut until the wheel is tight and requires effort to spin, then back off 1/4-1/2 turn until the wheel spins freely. Insert new cotter key and replace dust cover.

Trust Advance Auto Parts for the quality auto parts required for safe and efficient vehicle maintenance work.