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VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 1995 2.0 ENGINE STICK SHIFT. I went over a curb, driving with my car at night, and apparently, nothing happened,with the car , but after driving it for a while (a couple of weeks) I started hearing a noice on the front, like when the brake pads are hiting metal to metal, I took the tire out and noticed, that the front disc has a little play, I think the wheel bearing is bad, is it possible that the bearing go bad because of that and if so, is it only one bearing or is it two per side,inner and outer , like on some other vehicles. Thank you.

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    GREAT , THANKS.

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Hi, first make sure the bearing is really bad. The rotor is normally held on to the hub by just one screw. If that screw is missing, the rotor could be loose while the bearing is actually fine. That said, I think you probably did crack the bearing--and possibly the race too. That is exactly what to expect when you hit a curb really hard straight on. If you want to do the repair yourself, you will have to inspect everything carefully to make sure you replace everything that went bad. You should probably do both sides and get a 4-wheel alignment afterwards, but the other side is up to you. You will also need a bearing press to get the bearings in and out of the hub. I have pasted the instructions from autozone.com below. These are not tapered roller bearings, so there is just one on each wheel. However, they may be sold in sets, as I think they always recommend replacing both. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for using FixYa.

1995-99Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta


NOTE The hub and bearing are pressed into the knuckle and the bearing cannot be reused once the hub has been removed.

  1. With the vehicle on the ground, remove the front axle nut.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle and remove the steering knuckle.
  3. Clamp the upper knuckle-to-strut bolt boss in a vice.
  4. Install the special press tool onto the hub and press the hub out of the bearing.
  5. If the inner bearing race stayed on the hub, clamp the hub in a vise and use a bearing puller to remove it.
  6. On the knuckle, remove the splash shield and internal snap-rings from the bearing housing.
  7. After removing the snap-ring, the same press tool can be used to push the bearing out of the knuckle.
  8. Clean the bearing housing and hub with a wire brush and inspect all parts. Replace parts that have been distorted or discolored from heat. If the hub is not absolutely prefect where it contacts the inner bearing race, the new bearing will fail quickly.

To install:
  1. The new bearing is pressed in from the hub side using a regular arbor press. Install the snap-ring and support the steering knuckle on the press.
  2. Using the old bearing as a press tool, press the new bearing into the housing up against the snap-ring. Be sure the press tool contacts only the outer race of the bearing.
  3. Install the outer snap-ring and splash shield. If removed, install the speed sensor rotor onto the hub.
  4. Support the inner race on the press and press the hub into the bearing. Be sure the inner race is supported or the bearing fail quickly.
  5. Install the steering knuckle and be sure to tighten the axle nut correctly before allowing the vehicle to roll.

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