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Front wheel bearing 4 months 1 week ago #198784

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Hi everyone,
My 2002 TF has an advisory, “slight play in the near side wheel bearing”
I don’t think my DIY mechanical skills are up to replacing the bearings, however am I right in thinking a new hub can be fitted with the new bearing factory fitted?
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Front wheel bearing 4 months 1 week ago #198785

Yes, I believe that you can buy a new front hub with the bearing and ball joint already fitted. I think most people look for a good second-hand one.

If your car has ABS, make sure that the new hub has the ABS ring.
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Front wheel bearing 4 months 1 week ago #198798

Before taking it apart you could ask a local engineering shop if they would push out the old and push in the new bearings etc, remember cash is handy in these situations.

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Front wheel bearing 4 months 1 week ago #198799

If you feel you can replace the bearings, even by asking at a local engineering shop or even at a garage. I'd say have a go. I used a cheap bearing press set off the 'bay' and found it far easier than I expected. You also get that sense of achievement which money can't buy, apparently. But I appreciate not everyone feels confident to attempt some repairs.
Whilst, I can't claim to clock up a lot of mileage, the front bearings were a constant advisory on my MOT until I replaced them last year. Since it says slight play, maybe It's something for another day further along the road.
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