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Unread 06-01-2007, 07:46 PM   #1
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Rear Wheel Bearing replacement

I have a grinding noise coming from the drivers side rear wheel. I am thinking wheel bearing gone bad. How hard is it to change out. I have basic tools. What would I need special and about how long should it take.

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Unread 06-02-2007, 11:08 AM   #2
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I have a grinding noise coming from the drivers side rear wheel. I am thinking wheel bearing gone bad. How hard is it to change out. I have basic tools. What would I need special and about how long should it take.

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It's possible that the parking brake shoe/hardware, located in the "tophat" style rear rotor could be causing the noise. They're known for rusting out .
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Unread 06-02-2007, 11:12 AM   #3
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Does it do it pretty much when your driving slow turning corners or all the time?
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SJZ has an excellent suggestion here.
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Unread 06-02-2007, 11:50 AM   #5
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Does it do it pretty much when your driving slow turning corners or all the time?
It is a rotating grind. It is quite noticeable at all speeds and the noise rpm increases with speed. No difference going around corners. Interestingly the noise level is more pronounced when accellerating. When I coast it quiets a bit, but when I step on the accellerator the noise increases.
What else could it be besides a wheel bearing?
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Unread 06-02-2007, 12:39 PM   #6
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It sounds like a wheel bearing to me, I was trying to elliminate other diff problems.
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For axle seals, but same process for bearings (replaced mine while I was at it)
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I have a similiar problem

My rear drivers wheel is making a similiar grinding noise. Mine is not speed related. It makes a couple of crunching noises rolling to a stop the last two or three feet and makes a final crack just milli seconds after the vehicle comes to a stop. The garage I took it to says it sounds like the axle. I don't want to replace the axle and then find out that wasn't the problem. Now a piece of the parking brake assembly on the passenger side fell off at the garage parking lot the day I took it to get checked out, but again this is from the driver side. I didn't think about a brake issue until I read this thread. A wheel bearing would be cheaper than an axle. I just don't want to waste money to find we repaired the wrong thing. Please let me know, thanks. Oh it is not the brake pads, they are still thick and I can see them and nothing eating away at the discs or pads.
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My rear drivers wheel is making a similiar grinding noise. Mine is not speed related. It makes a couple of crunching noises rolling to a stop the last two or three feet and makes a final crack just milli seconds after the vehicle comes to a stop. The garage I took it to says it sounds like the axle. I don't want to replace the axle and then find out that wasn't the problem. Now a piece of the parking brake assembly on the passenger side fell off at the garage parking lot the day I took it to get checked out, but again this is from the driver side. I didn't think about a brake issue until I read this thread. A wheel bearing would be cheaper than an axle. I just don't want to waste money to find we repaired the wrong thing. Please let me know, thanks. Oh it is not the brake pads, they are still thick and I can see them and nothing eating away at the discs or pads.
Personally, I'd take it to another shop for a second opinion. The mechanics driving the jeep will have a lot easier time diagnosing your problem than we can over the internet. If the second shop says the same thing, you've got your answer.
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Unread 11-17-2009, 07:18 PM   #10
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scudman, theres no such thing as a 2000 FSJ.
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scudman, theres no such thing as a 2000 FSJ.
He said thanks for the heads up... back in 2007!
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He said thanks for the heads up... back in 2007!
LOl........... my bad
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Unread 11-18-2009, 10:39 AM   #13
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To answer your question, and I think I'm the first to do so, the bearing is pressed onto the axle. You have to remove the wheel, caliper, caliper bracket, and rotor, then remove the 4 nuts holding the retaining plate. Then the axle pulls out. The bearing is pressed onto the axle. It's a beech to get off and you need a press to put it back on. You also need the press to get it off but you could cut it off with a grinder / cutting wheel. Just be careful not to mess up the axle. The seal is also there, it goes on BEFORE the bearing & lock ring are pressed on. You need a 20 ton press (recommended). Then bolt everything together. The whole thing minus the bearing removal & reinstall should take less than 2 hours. I did my right rear bearing. I have one of these:
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The 12 ton version isn't big enough to fit the axle, at least not for removing the bearing.
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Unread 11-18-2009, 11:10 AM   #14
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To answer your question, and I think I'm the first to do so, the bearing is pressed onto the axle. You have to remove the wheel, caliper, caliper bracket, and rotor, then remove the 4 nuts holding the retaining plate. Then the axle pulls out. The bearing is pressed onto the axle. It's a beech to get off and you need a press to put it back on. You also need the press to get it off but you could cut it off with a grinder / cutting wheel. Just be careful not to mess up the axle. The seal is also there, it goes on BEFORE the bearing & lock ring are pressed on. You need a 20 ton press (recommended). Then bolt everything together. The whole thing minus the bearing removal & reinstall should take less than 2 hours. I did my right rear bearing. I have one of these:
- Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices
The 12 ton version isn't big enough to fit the axle, at least not for removing the bearing.

Umm dude, this thread is from 2000 freaking 7! I don't think he still needs the answer...
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Unread 11-18-2009, 12:49 PM   #15
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My rear drivers wheel is making a similiar grinding noise. Mine is not speed related. It makes a couple of crunching noises rolling to a stop the last two or three feet and makes a final crack just milli seconds after the vehicle comes to a stop. The garage I took it to says it sounds like the axle. I don't want to replace the axle and then find out that wasn't the problem. Now a piece of the parking brake assembly on the passenger side fell off at the garage parking lot the day I took it to get checked out, but again this is from the driver side. I didn't think about a brake issue until I read this thread. A wheel bearing would be cheaper than an axle. I just don't want to waste money to find we repaired the wrong thing. Please let me know, thanks. Oh it is not the brake pads, they are still thick and I can see them and nothing eating away at the discs or pads.
the e-brake shoes are under the rotor. inside the rear rotor is similar to a drum brake for the parking brake mechanics.
it could very well be the parking brake, sounds like what happened when mine 'sploded a while back.
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