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Replacing front wheel bearing

I have a 1997 Toyota Camry and the front right tire is making a terrible noise when I drive it.  I believe that one of the bearings has gone bad and would like to replace it, or at least get a better look at the problem.  Is there anything I need to know or should be able to recognize when I begin this repair?

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First of all you have to verify that it is the wheel bearing and not some thing else. Sometimes it is just the steel baking plate making contact with the brake rotor. Sometimes it could be a faulty brake pad causing the problem. Or even just brake pads stuck in the mounting brackets by rust. Proper diagnosis will actually save you money in the long run.

If it is the bearing it is a job for a shop with the proper tools to get the job done properly or you will have problems later with premature bearing failure in the near future.

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It is a bit of a job. You need to remove the the axle nut, caliper and rotor and seperate the tie rod and balljoint from the steering knuckle. Then undo the two strut bolts. The wheel bearing is pressed into the hub and will be difficult to remove with out a press of some sort. Either way the bearing is removed and installed one way. There will be a large snap ring you will need to remove and then the unit will press out the side you removed the ring from. You may be able to rent a press or a kit that allows you to skip a few steps, but if you have a vise, a large hammer and an extension and large socket you should be able to force it out. But not rcommended for install. Hope this helps

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