Can you repack the wheel bearings on a '97 4x4 Pathfinder?
Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:03 AM
How difficult of a job is this? The shop quoted me $120 to do it, so it seems like they are treating it at about 1.5 hours of labor. And also, is there a difference between bearings that are bad and bearings that need to be replaced? I'm assuming if they were shot, they would be making some grinding noise.
Posted 12 March 2008 - 05:51 AM
We just replaced the DS bearings on mine, as they were shot, and yes, they were grinding & making a ruckus.
Posted 12 March 2008 - 07:41 AM
A bearing repacking tool is essential, a grease gun is helpful, and disposable latex gloves are highly recommended. You'll need to replace the inner grease seals when you repack the bearings. The parts are cheap (<$10 each). When removing the inner bearing and grease seal, place the hub face-up on the ground or workbench, but suspend it a couple of inches above the work surface, so that you can tap out the bearing and seal from the top using the handle of a hammer (or other non-metal instrument). The Xterra how-to shows prying the seal out with pliers or a screwdriver from the rear, which can be overly destructive.
Edited by XPLORx4, 12 March 2008 - 07:53 AM.
Posted 13 March 2008 - 12:46 PM
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