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Rear Wheel Hub and Bearing Replacement
 
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Rear Wheel Hub and Bearing Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$70

Talent:

***

Tools:

30mm 12 point socket, breaker bar, 3 arm puller, bearing puller, 6mm Allen, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

Wheel hub and bearing

Hot Tip:

Buy, rent or borrow the right pullers

Performance Gain:

Proper axle performance

Complementary Modification:

Replace stub axle

If you are getting a sound from your rear wheels like a small jet trying to take off and it increases with the speed of the vehicle you may need a new rear wheel bearing.

The rear wheel bear and hub come as one piece so you do not need to worry about pressing them together. Removal and replacement is easy as long as you have the right tools. You will need a three arm puller as well as a bearing puller to perform this work. You are going to destroy the old bearing when you pull it off and it will leave behind the inner race. While some people use a Dermal to partially cut the race and a clod chisel to knock it off you risk damaging the stub axle doing it this way. Most parts stores have the tools you will need available as loaners for free or at a minimal fee. Do yourself a favor and get the right tool for the job, you will thank yourself later.

Begin by safely raising and supporting your vehicle. Then remove the rear tires. Please see our article on safely raising and supporting your car. You will also need to remove the brake caliper and rotor. Please see our article on removing your caliper and rotor for further help.

With the rotor off begin by using a flathead screwdriver and prying off the dust cap (red arrow).
Figure 1

With the rotor off begin by using a flathead screwdriver and prying off the dust cap (red arrow).

With the dust cap off (red arrow) you can see the 30mm 12 point self locking nut (yellow arrow) that holds the hub/bearing to the stub axle.
Figure 2

With the dust cap off (red arrow) you can see the 30mm 12 point self locking nut (yellow arrow) that holds the hub/bearing to the stub axle.

Remove the 30mm nut.
Figure 3

Remove the 30mm nut. It is torqued to 126 lbs so you probably need a breaker bar to remove it (red arrow).

The nut is Nylex or self locking (red arrow).
Figure 4

The nut is Nylex or self locking (red arrow). Do not throw it away as you are going to use it to install the new hub/bearing.

Use a three arm puller (red arrow) and pull the old hub/bearing off.
Figure 5

Use a three arm puller (red arrow) and pull the old hub/bearing off.

The old hub and bearing (red arrow) will probably be destroyed while pulling it off.
Figure 6

The old hub and bearing (red arrow) will probably be destroyed while pulling it off. It will more than likely leave the inner race and bearing still attached to the stub axle (yellow arrow).

You can simply pull the old bearings off leaving the inner race on the stub axle.
Figure 7

You can simply pull the old bearings off leaving the inner race on the stub axle. There is a very small ridge on the inner bearing (red arrow) that you can use to pull the race of the axle.

Use your bearing removal tool, attach it to the small ridge (red arrow) and pull the inner race off.
Figure 8

Use your bearing removal tool, attach it to the small ridge (red arrow) and pull the inner race off.

Clean the stub axle and check for any signs of damage (red arrow).
Figure 9

Clean the stub axle and check for any signs of damage (red arrow). If the old bearing was really bad there may be scoring and damage to the axle. Replace as needed. Please see our article on replacing your stub axle.

Place the new hub/bearing on the stub axle and using a rubber mallet and piece of wood tap the bearing on until you can thread the old 30mm nut.
Figure 10

Place the new hub/bearing on the stub axle and using a rubber mallet and piece of wood tap the bearing on until you can thread the old 30mm nut. Use the old nut to seat the new bearing (red arrow, not seated all the way yet). Remove the old nut and install the new Nylex self lock nut and torque to specs. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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