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post #1 of 6 Old 06-21-2007, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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96 Cherokee 4x4, replacing rear wheel bearings

My name is Matt, and this is my first post here! I just bought a 96 Classic with 220k on it, and it runs/drives really good. I need to replace the rear wheel bearings on it, as they howl/groan going down the road. They feel rough as you spin the hub, so i know they need replaced. I believe the rear axle is a Dana 35. My question is what is the best way to do these? I pretty much have all the special tools needed(hoist, pullers, shop press, ect). From what i've gathered, the bearings are pressed on? If there is a link to a how-to, or if someone can give me some info on the process, i'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-21-2007, 01:22 PM
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they're not pressed on. they're pressed in. not really though...

all you gotta do is pull the axles, slide-hammer the bearings and seals out. that's it...

if the new bearings are loose, wrap the race with foil and then hammer them it.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-21-2007, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. In order to remove the axles, do you have to remove the diff cover, then i assume there are C clips on each axle end going into the differential? Thanks again!
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Thanks for the info. In order to remove the axles, do you have to remove the diff cover, then i assume there are C clips on each axle end going into the differential? Thanks again!
Yes, pull the diff. cover and remove the c-clips to take out the axle shafts.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-22-2007, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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One more queston..Do you need to remove the backing plate to get the bearings out? Or can you remove the bearing seal, then the bearing using a slidehammer puller with the backing plate still on the axle housing? Also, what's the probability of the axle bearing surface being chewed/bad? I'd like to get this done all in one shot, without having to wait to order new parts..Thanks for the help guys!
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-22-2007, 10:17 AM
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the backing plate does not need to come off. It would depend on how bad your bearing are if it's chewed up. I'd think it would need to be pretty like the axle shaft is moving around. I'm pretty sure that you can get some offset bearings for it if it is that bad.

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