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Re: I can't get the right drum off my 1989 ford festiva.
If I am right. The wheel studs protrude through the drum. Slacken off the hand brake cable. With the hand brake in the off position, hit each side of the offending drum with a large ball pin hammer. Take care not to do any damage. Between every this operation move the drum round and continue to hit the drum. There is a stud mounting plate behind the drum and this sticks tight to the drum. When you are reassemble the the brake components, dress the drum, clean out your brake and apply a smear of high melting grease to the stud plate. Because you have cleaned and grease one side of your brakes, you must clean and grease the other side before you tension the brake cable.
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Front wheel drive?if so which i think it is you need to remove the whole hub assy then use a universal hub seperator to remove the bearing then press a new bearing in. some vehicles such as ford festiva need a special tool to adjust a shim thickness which is imperative. I would sugest you get a 2nd hand hub assy with a good bearing in it & just replace the whole assy :-)
It does if it has power steering. They came both ways. Power steering is pretty easy to tell if you have it or not. If you don't have it, you will need two hands for sure to park the car in a tight spot, the steering wheel is quite hard to turn compared to other cars with power steering.
I do have the manual and there are several on eBay all the time for Festivas, because I check there often for Festiva parts. They are often sold for about $20-$25 for the complete manual. You might want to try that. I have the manuals for Festiva, but I don't have a scanner, but I do have a digital camera that I could use to photograph it. I don't know if I can get your email address so that I can send the photos of the pages to you. Let me know.
I'm not a mechanic. But since you've had no answer, here goes.
Each wheel bearing replaced contains a race and bearings of its own. If your mechanic replaced the cup that the bearing sat in (steel ring with a tapered inside that matches the angle of the rollers) then there is nothing more to do with the wheel bearings to make the bearings last.
Now the steering on the other hand... The axle goes through the wheel hub horizontally - allows forward rolling for the wheels. The steering needs a similar thing, but it can't use an axle as there is already one going through the hub. For the steering, picture a big hand that grips your wheel hub, holding only at the top and bottom. Where the fingers and thumb (ie the spindles top and bottom) met the hub, there needs to be some sort of bearing or sealed pivot point as well. This allows the hub to turn when the vehicle is steered.
This may be what he was talking about, and it is quite feasible that some of its components may need replacing as they are a load bearing point. But... I wouldn't have thought it would extend the life of your wheel bearings drastically as they do different jobs. Have a chat to the mechanic to clarify what he/she said. I don't think they are being dishonest - maybe exaggerating the requirement a little.