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Rear Wheel Bearing (FWD) Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Wheel Bearing (FWD) Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

Set of sockets (36mm), pry bar, wire brush, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, torque wrench, lug wrench

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Rear wheel bearing, wheel bearing nut

Hot Tip:

Replace brakes

Performance Gain:

Quiet and smooth front end

Complementary Modification:

Replace in pairs

The rear wheel bearing on front wheel drive (FWD) Volvo V70 models is a sealed bearing and bolts onto the steering knuckle spindle with a single nut, unlike previous models that were cone and race bearings. This makes replacing it much easier.

A faulty wheel bearing can exhibit a few warning signs. The most obvious would be a howling or grinding noise from a rear wheel while in motion. This noise would get louder when you steer side to side. You can check for a noisy wheel bearing with the vehicle stationary too. Jack the front of your vehicle and rotate the rear wheel; while rotating, place your hand on the coil spring. You should be able to pick up a vibration in the spring. There may also be free-play in the bearing. You can check for free-play by jacking the front of your vehicle and wiggling the wheel up and down. If there is any free-play, replace the bearing.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on jack stands. See our tech article on jacking your vehicle. You'll want both wheels off the ground for this repair.

Remove the wheel from the side of the vehicle you are replacing the wheel bearing on.

The rear wheel bearing on front wheel drive (FWD) Volvo V70 models is a sealed bearing and bolts onto the steering knuckle spindle with a single nut, unlike previous models that were cone and race bearings.
Figure 1

The rear wheel bearing on front wheel drive (FWD) Volvo V70 models is a sealed bearing and bolts onto the steering knuckle spindle with a single nut, unlike previous models that were cone and race bearings. This makes replacing it much easier. It is housed behind the rear brake rotor (red arrow).

Remove the rear brake rotor on the side of the vehicle you are replacing the wheel bearing on.
Figure 2

Remove the rear brake rotor on the side of the vehicle you are replacing the wheel bearing on.

With the rotor removed, you now have access to the wheel bearing and hub flange.
Figure 3

With the rotor removed, you now have access to the wheel bearing and hub flange. They are serviced together as a set. Using a flathead screwdriver and hammer, drive the dust cap off, working at an angle from inside the wheel well (green arrow). Rotate the brake hub as you tap the cap off. Once you can fit the blade of the screwdriver between the cap and hub, lever the cap off (red arrow).

Remove the dust cap from the hub.
Figure 4

Remove the dust cap from the hub.

Using a 36mm socket, remove the wheel bearing fastener (red arrow).
Figure 5

Using a 36mm socket, remove the wheel bearing fastener (red arrow).

Remove the fastener from the hub.
Figure 6

Remove the fastener from the hub.

With the fastener (nut) removed, slide the bearing with flange off the spindle (red arrow).
Figure 7

With the fastener (nut) removed, slide the bearing with flange off the spindle (red arrow). If the bearing is stuck, you can attach a slide hammer to the wheel stud holes (green arrow) or try lightly tapping the back of the flange to free it. I find they usually pop right off with a few taps, if any are needed at all.

With the bearing removed, inspect and clean the spindle shaft (green arrow).
Figure 8

With the bearing removed, inspect and clean the spindle shaft (green arrow). If the inner bearing race remains on the spindle, use a bearing puller to remove it. Lightly grease the spindle shaft to help with reinstallation. Wheel bearing grease or clean engine oil will work to lubricate the spindle shaft. Then install the new bearing with flange and tighten the fastener to 120 Nm plus 30°. Reassemble the remaining items and check that the parking brake is properly adjusted.

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