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HOW DO YOU REPLACE FRONT WHEEL BERINGS ON A 97 JEEP CHEROKEE COUNTRY

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Remove the wheel and tire, remove the cotter pin on the center of the axle end nut, remove the center cap from the wheel and put it back on the vehicle.Lower the vehicle to the ground and put the appropriate socket for the axle nut through the center of the wheel onto the nut, Using a breaker bar that is solid (jointed ones can break) place a four or five foot pipe over the bar and position it on the ground so it won't turn. start the vehicle and inch forward so the wheel turns and loosens the nut. (you only need to move a few inches)
Now remove the wheel, remove the cotter pin from the nut where the tie rod end connects to the wheel assembly. Remove that nut and strike the side of where the pin goes through the arm and they will separate. (use heavy hammer)
Remove the brake caliper by taking out the two bolts that go into it from the back side and prying gently up between the rotor and caliper.. Hang the caliper up out of the way with wire or string.
the rotor can then be removed.(use a "c" clamp to drive the piston all the way in so you can put it back on later)
There are three twelve point bolts in the backside of the steering knuckle. Remove them part way.
Then using a cheap twelve point socket that you won't ever need again, Put the socket over any of the bolts and hammer on it. Alternate to opposite sides so the bearing comes out straight. (lots of wD40 or other solvent sprayed around the circumference of the hub helps with this).
If the axle starts to follow the bearing out, put the nut on it's end backwards and make it even with the axle end and give it a whack with a hammer to separate it from the bearing. (remove it again once it's free)_
Once the bearing is free enough, remove the twelve point bolts completely and it's apart.
Clean the rust from the bearing cavity and put a swipe of grease in there and on the axle splines.
Slide the bearing onto the axle and use the twelve point bolts to pull it back into place. Again, alternate sides so it stays straight. Put back everything else you removed and you are finished.
When tightening the axle nut, torque is about 175lbs. When aligning the cotter pin hole, always go tighter to position it, not looser.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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