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Rear hub and bearings (Estate models) - inspection and renewal
Suspension and steering systems / Rear hub and bearings (Estate models) - inspection and renewal


Inspection
1 The rear hub bearings are non-adjustable, and are supplied complete with the hub. It is not possible to renew the bearings separately from the hub.

2 To check the bearings for excessive wear, chock the front wheels, then jack up the rear of the vehicle and support it on axle stands.

Fully release the handbrake.

3 Grip the rear wheel at the top and bottom, and attempt to rock it. If excessive movement is noted, or if there is any roughness or vibration felt when the wheel is spun, it is indicative that the hub bearings are worn.

Renewal
4 Remove the rear wheel.

5 On drum brake models, remove the rear brake drum as described in Chapter 9.

6 On disc brake models, remove the rear brake disc as described in Chapter 9.

7 Turning the hub as necessary, line up the hole in the flange with the each of the bolts securing the hub assembly to the rear suspension knuckle; unscrew and remove the bolts (see illustration).

17.7 Mounting bolts (arrowed) for the rear hub on Estate models
17.7 Mounting bolts (arrowed) for the rear hub on Estate models

8 Withdraw the hub and bearing assembly.

Refit two of the hub mounting bolts, to hold the backplate/splash shield in place.

9 If necessary, the stub shaft may be removed from the hub for inspection of the bearing, by unscrewing the hub nut. Note that the hub nut is of special laminated design, and may only be re-used a maximum of five times. (It is a good idea to file a small notch on the nut every time it is removed; obtain a new nut if necessary.) Tighten the nut on reassembly.

10 Fit the new hub and bearing assembly using a reversal of the removal procedure.

Tighten all nuts and bolts to the specified torque.


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