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I have a 95 jetta 4 cycl. 4door GL. Both rear tires have a little wiggle to them when I grab the tire. I would say the wheel bearings are shot on both sides in the back. It has 195,000 so they are due. Do you have any tips for replacing them? They are a sealed tapered bearing right? Any advice would help. Thgank you Mike Irwin

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Jetta uses 2 tapered roller bearings on each side.
Remove the dust cap off the centre of the drum. Remove the split pin. Remove the nut and washer. The drum will now come off. Clear the rear axle of all brake dust and grease. Remove the races from the drum by using tapping them out. You wil need a metal dowel (I us my socket wrench's extention). Clean out the old grease and assure that the race seat is propely cleaned When reinstalling the new race use the old one to drive the new one in. Be careful and make sure the race is properly seated as incorrect fitment will lead to premature failure. Fit a new grease seal(dont forget to insert the bearing first)

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    With disc brakes the removal and refitting is the same except that you will have to remove the caliper and pads as well. Properly grease the bearings before installing, making sure that every part of the bearing is well coated with grease before installing.
    Do not overtighten the hub nut. First make sure it is properly seated by torqueing to 15 ft lbs. Loosen and torque again. Do this a couple times. Loosen the nut and tighten again by using the weight of your hand on the wrench only.
    Be sure to pump the brakes until hard before driving off

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