Hub assembly removal-'89 Camry

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Old 07 Sep 2005, 03:58 pm   #1 (permalink)
Pete Giordano
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Default Hub assembly removal-'89 Camry

Can anyone give me an idea of what's involved to remove the hub on the
front left wheel (2wd, 4 cyl.) of an '89 Camry? Any website info
available? I want to make sure the bearings are set in correctly and
check wear on the hub.

thanks.

pete
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Old 07 Sep 2005, 07:28 pm   #2 (permalink)
Daniel
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Default Re: Hub assembly removal-'89 Camry

Haynes and factory service manual show procedure.
remove sway bar link, tie rod end, ball joint, and strut bolts
but . . .
the bearings are pressed into the hub, and everything I've seen says
replacement is not fecommended for the home mechanic.
So if you get the hub off, and are able to do anything useful with the
bearings, please report back.
Just had the hub semi removed couple days ago changing the right side
axle and the bearings are definitely a press fit. Nothing like the old
assembly where it is easy to repack the wheel bearings.

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Old 08 Sep 2005, 01:45 am   #3 (permalink)
edmechanic
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Well I just worked on a 90s something Corolla and a Camry should
be similar. You first remove knuckle from car. Take off wheel, hang
caliper to strut, disconnect steering ball joint and lower ball joint,
then push in axle while pulling out on knuckle and then unbolt knuckle
from strut, make mark if excentric bolt so alignment not spoiled.
Once you have knuckle out put in vise, then hammer out hub from
back of knuckle using pipe to hit hub shaft, this step will probably
damage bearing but as you will change anyway. Then inner inner race
and bearings will fall out. Then snap ring holding outer race needs to
be removed from knuckle. Then from outside knuckle you must whack with
hammer or use press and find suitable pipe to just fit inner bearing
lip of outer race or other piece of suitably shaped round steel. And
knuckle must be properly supported.with right size pipe. Then you
pound with big hammer or press out outer race.
Then you must push in new bearing by pounding or pressing on outer
race. dont forget to put back grease seals. you can grind the outer
surface of the old outer race to use to pound in new bearing. watch
out as ball bearings will fall out in this step. Then when outer
bearing is pushed in all way then put in inner race and bearings and
turn knuckle over and support inner race with pipe of right diameter
and push in hub, then put back in snap ring and inner grease seal and
push in a little extra grease and put back knuckle in car. It is
rather difficult and we are working in a shop. hardest part is finding
the right size pipe.

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