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Default Replacing Rear Wheel Bearing RACES?

My rear wheel bearings were making noise awhile back so I replaced the wheel bearings. Problem did not go away, in fact it got worse. Re-packed them and still no better. I am going to try and do the job again but this time I figure I will also replace the races. Is this difficult to do? Do they just pop out with a hammer and screwdriver or do they need to be pressed in/out?
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Hammer and punch/chisel would be a better choice. If there is no damage to the races you shouldnt need to replace them. Look for galling or colors (indicating overheating.)

Putting in the new ones is a bit harder. You can use the old race as a "pusher" but dont go too far or it will get stuck. I have a bunch of cheap sockets I use to finish knocking races in with.

Why did the originals go bad?

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Did this numerous times on my 02 rio every brake job bearings are cheap. There ar 4 slots in hub to punch out races use brass! softer metal so you don't gouge hub. Clean everything with solvent and dry. Replace bearings and races as a set. When installing races use brass again and clean brass shavings from hub Or use a press, better way. Find a socket to fit each race and press in. Pack bearings and do replace inner seals.Use a new spindle locknut for sure a buck at dealer. There is also some extra grease you need to put in hub on races and void between bearings. As for torque I don't have a seal drag meter but I found if you seat bearings at 20 foot pounds while turning hub then back off nut till loose 5-8 foot pounds worked for me but do not overtighten. Hope this helps and good luck.
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I too had to do this on my 2002 Rio. At around 100K. It was not too bad BUT started having a noise and it felt different when I was spinning the tire when jacked up. I repacked both.
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Easy way to install new races is to put the races in the freezer for about 1 hour. Heat up the hub where the races are to go and after the hub is hot the races drop right in.
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