Question about 2003 Kia Spectra
I need pictures and advice to change front wheel bearings on 2003 kia spectra
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This is a job and a half! YES, you will have to press them out and in. You have to remove everything. Brake caliper and bracket, rotor, strut, tie rod, and ball joint. Take out the whole knuckle, with the hub still in it. Then you have to flip it over and press the hub out of the bearing. THIS WILL DESTROY THE OLD BEARING! The outer piece of the bearing will be stuck on the hub. Put the hub in a vice, heat the piece of the bearing that's stuck on, and wedge/pry/bang it off. Now go back to the knuckle, and remove the retainer ring (which was hidden behind the hub). Flip over and press out the remaining bearing piece. Clean it all up and press the new bearing in. Be sure when you press it in that you use a cylindrical block that hits the outer edge of the bearing, or you'll push the guts right through. Put in the retainer ring (if it won't go in, you have to press more). I recommend a new ring, they're like $5 at the dealer. The old one will likely get bent. Now, press the hub into the new bearing. At this stage, BE SURE YOU SUPPORT THE CENTER OF THE BEARING, OR YOU'LL PUSH IT THROUGH. Put the car back together and you should be fine. I know this may not be the "correct/professional" way to do it, but it's what I had to do to spend $50 instead of almost $500 at a shop. I have 176,000 miles on my Spectra, and I've done both sides twice. Good luck!
Posted on Feb 05, 2010
Well I had this issue and the only way these can be replaced is by a machine shop who will pack new barrings with a high pressure machine. The practical thing to do is to get a whole new hub assembly(the metal assembly by the brakes) from a salvage yard or online since this may very well be cheaper. The tool to replace the hub can be rented at Auto zone.
Posted on Nov 04, 2008
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Have fun with this one because it is very time consuming task to do just make sure you have the car jacked up properly with jack stands to take off the car tire but the problem also here is that there is a spring loaded high pressure downward so you need another jack underneath where your trying to take off the front wheel bearings and hub. You also should go to advance auto parts and ask them for a kit that will keep the spring stationary that will help you work safely with the high pressure spring. make sure that this spring does not let lose or it can hit you fast and kill you so please take your time in this matter and do it safely and VERY slow. I almost got hit myself in the past by doing this but was able to get the work done myself but it took alot of time because it was my first time doing this. You have to take the tire off after you jack up car and put jack stands. You will know what I mean but you need to make sure you have all the tools to do this work first and that some cars use Metric tools or SAE which is standard tools
Posted on May 27, 2011
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