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Old 10-13-2012, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone here know the procedure (a to z) on how to change a front wheel bearing assembly? Is it easy, difficult?
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You have to unbolt a bit of the suspension to pull the driveshaft which is a bit of a PITA, and it has a large nut on the hub end which can be tight. Not a job for a beginner IMHO.
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I set out to do that when I replaced the suspension and brakes, but was deterred by the apparent need of a hydraulic press. I passed, but it's still on my checklist. Is it possible to do without a press?

02 Insight posted the FSM on here, be sure to have that on hand since it actually walks you through the Honda-recommended procedures for repairs, including front bearings: Download 2000-2006 Insight Service Manual PDF and Others

If I had my paper copy in front of me I'd tell you the page nubmber, but someone else will have to chime in...
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I set out to do that when I replaced the suspension and brakes, but was deterred by the apparent need of a hydraulic press. I passed, but it's still on my checklist. Is it possible to do without a press?
No. I've replaced several Honda wheel bearings. It is not possible to do without a press and several special tools (arbor plates, bearing pullers, and multiple special tools from Honda that I don't know the names to)
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I'm thinking buy the bearings, pull the hub assemblies out of the car and take to a machine shop where they can pull out and then press in the new bearings. Will still be cheaper then taking it somewhere for the full replacement job.

I'm at 280K, I wonder how long these bearings will last?
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I'm thinking buy the bearings, pull the hub assemblies out of the car and take to a machine shop where they can pull out and then press in the new bearings. Will still be cheaper then taking it somewhere for the full replacement job.

I'm at 280K, I wonder how long these bearings will last?
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Well right now I think they are okay, that is why I'm wondering how long they last? I've read several folks on forum post that they had to get one replaced. I'm guessing it is very conditional upon your driving conditions in terms of how soon it will fail.
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Yeah it's just an 'if they fail' type thing. The way to test is jack up the car and grab the top and bottom of the wheel. Then try rocking the wheel in and out. Any free play points to bad wheel bearing. Don't grab it on the sides there is some normal play on the steering rack that will give you a false failure indication.
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