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Unread 05-09-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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wheel bearing problem

ok some body help me. I am replacing the front wheel bearings on my 84 cj7. I just got i the cj7 it looks stock. it is a base model. I have replaced the race and the bearing in an out. Driver side no problem. The passenger side will not pull up enough to get the clip on the end back on. Race are set all the way in. I have change to a different race even tried the old bearing back in it. I know the axle moves in and out some. just can not get it to move out enough. what am I doing wrong???? the stupid thing was on. I took it off now can not get it back on. I am at hit it with a big hammer just to feel better.LOL

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Unread 05-09-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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This thread from another site is useful...

http://forums.off-road.com/jeep-shor...0-spindle.html

And this one from here is really good...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/wh...oblem-2398737/
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:35 PM   #3
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Put pry bar in the area of the u-joint and pry it outwards.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:36 PM   #4
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will try the Emory cloth and the pry bar. because i just do not see why it does not go back on. thanks for the insight.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:43 PM   #5
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Nothing is behind the race that would prevent it from seating in the wheelbearing hub all the way?

Have you compared the old race with the new?
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Unread 05-09-2014, 12:44 PM   #6
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I usually have to use a pry bar, it is a snug fit.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 02:12 PM   #7
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Yes as above the axle shaft has to pull out enough to get the clip on. My 4 way tire iron has a flat head on one of the bars and worked good.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 02:17 PM   #8
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I just did mine last weekend. A long (15 inch) screwdriver worked for me. Is your inner bearing seated all the way down on the spindle?
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Unread 05-09-2014, 02:19 PM   #9
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Ok I had this problem with mine but on the rear end. I had the opposite tire still on the ground and it was keeping the axles from moving all the way in.

So not sure it that applies to the front end but if the opposite tire is on the ground give it a try. Jacking the other tire off the ground that is.
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Unread 05-09-2014, 02:47 PM   #10
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Aren't the inner and outer bearings different? Sure you have the right one in the right end?
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Unread 05-09-2014, 02:55 PM   #11
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ya the race was my first though to. checked those. it all looks good. I am at work now will try some of this when I get home tonight.I have taken this off an on so much that I thing I could pack the bearings in under ten minute now. If every thing work out right.I bought this thing so I could teach my 13 year old son that you can do thing yours self. So I will have more ? for you guys down the road. He will drive it down the road so I am not going to crazy on lifts. got a 3 inch on it now. I thinks that is it on lifts. Brakes are next on the list. wish me luck. lol
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Unread 05-09-2014, 03:55 PM   #12
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Yes, the outer bearing is larger.
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Unread 05-10-2014, 09:52 AM   #13
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ok it is on the Emory cloth and the pry bar worked.Still was tight but got it on. Thanks guys. Next up is new brakes all the way around. should be fun.lol
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