Question about 2000 Volkswagen Beetle
The bearing has to be pressed out and pressed back in. If you do not have access to a 10 ton press you can use what I use. I made a special tool to reinstall these types of bearings and it works on all cars. (What you need to make the tool: 12 inches of 3/4 inch threaded stock 2- 3/4 inch flat washers and 2- 3/4 inch nuts, one piece of flat billet aluminum bar 6 inches long 1/2 inch thick (drill a 3/4 inch hole in the center of the flat aluminum bar so the threaded stock fit in it), 1 set of bearing race drivers. Remove the steering knuckle from the car. Remove the bearing retainer clips and find the right size race driver that fits right to the outside edge of the bearing. Now chuck the knuckle up good in a bench vise and use the race driver to hammer out the old bearing from the back side of the knuckle. It takes a few good lick but it will hammer (2 lb ball peen) out! Once you have the old bearing out clean up the hole with some emory cloth or 400 grit sand paper. Now here's the fun part. Take the 6 inch aluminum bar and put it on the threaded stock with a washer and a nut. Put the other end of the threaded stock through the knuckle from the back side. Put the bearing over the end sticking out of the knuckle from the front side. Find the race driver that fits right to the outside of the new bearing and put it on the threaded stock with a washer and a nut. Now by hand, tighten the nut on the back side until it is snug and the bearing is against the knuckle. Make sure the bearing is square to the knuckle and not cocked just line it all up straight. Now hold the back side nut with one wrench and turn the front side nut with another wrench and the bearing will slide right into the knuckle. Reinstall retainer clips and put it back on the car. NOTE: Be sure to wear safety goggles while hammering. You might want to use some grease between the bar aluminum ,washers and nuts. I know this sounds like a lot of work but I usually do a front wheel bearing in about 30 minutes on the VW's. I hope this helps and if you have anymore questions or need help along the way just let me know. Thanks for using FixYa and good luck!!
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
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