How do I know if I need new wheel bearings? Most of the time we don't even know that they need service. We just drive and never think about them. Most car manufacturers recommend a wheel bearing clean, inspection and repack every 30,000 miles. This is usually done along with the front brake service. They need to be replaced when there is scoring and pitting or they become noisy.
What you'll need:
- Large adjustable wrench and Channelocks.
- Bearing race driver tool or various size punches.
- Socket and ratchet set or assorted wrenches.
- Lots of rags.
- New wheel bearings.
- Wheel bearing grease.
- New cotter pin.
- New grease seals.
- Wheel blocks.
- Safety glasses.
- A jack and a pair of jack stands.
- Rubber gloves (Optional)
Make sure that your car is parked on a level grade, rather than on any sort of hill or inclined driveway. Jack up the car and place your jack stands under the frame to support the vehicle. Block the rear wheels to prevent rolling. Set the parking brake and if you have an automatic transmission, put in Park.