Question about 1985 Volkswagen Golf
My back ball bearings are sounding like I'm in a plane - they need replacing. I enjoy working on my car and have done a number of jobs (changing a dif on a landrover, brakes, steering rack, services etc) but am no car expert.
I would like to replace them myself - is that feasable? Or is it one of those jobs that an experienced mechanic needs to do? How do I go about it?
I changed the bearings in my 96 Passat a few months ago - if it is anything like that then you shouldn't have any problems but I would recommend getting a DIY manual like Haynes in the UK or I think Bentley in the US.
I simply removed the road wheel, removed the grease cap, pulled the split pin, removed the castellated nut and the hub came off easily with a few taps of a hammer. I then drifted out the bearings from the inside. Once the grease was removed there were two obvious places where you could lodge the drift / punch against the old bearings and then tap them out a little at a time, hitting one side and then the other. Keep a good record of the order in which things came off / out! When tapping the new bearings in you will know when they are properly seated because the tapping noise will change - hard to describe but it changed from a thud to a ringing.
Grease them up properly.
Then whatever you do, don't overtighted the castellated nut - read the advice in the manual. It should be just tight enough so the wheel doesn't have any play left in it.
Hope this helps - if so please add a rating for me - if not, please add a comment with any further questions. And remember I have described changing the bearing on a Passat, not a Golf :-)
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