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So I recently had a shop tell me my rear bearings are going bad and it is starting to sound like they are almost shot.. Just wondering if anyone knew 1) how difficult of a fix it is to replace both rear wheel bearings 2) are any special inexpensive tools used for this? And 3) how exactly are they replaced?
Any help is awesome thanks.
 

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I replaced my rear wheel bearings myself in my driveway over a year ago. You do need a torque wrench, but other than that it was no big thing. Just follow the directions.
 

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I would certainly like to use the kiatechinfo.com website to get this fixed correctly, the only problem I have is that the Usage agreement link on the "create account" page doesnt seem to work. I've disabled the popup blocker for my web browser AND followed the instructions for bypassing the blocker but it still only brings up a blank page just to agree with the policy. Any insight to this problem would be great since I need to get my car repaired asap.
 

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scratch that.... I think it was just my web browser that was the problem. Used IE and it worked perfect. Thanks for the help guys
 

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See...My "cut and paste" don't Lie! :)
kiatechinfo IS very picky on what you are running.
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Sorry to be late don't forget to use new spindle lock nuts a buck a piece at dealer, only place i could find them, napa, advance,or auto zone don't have them. It's not hard at all just time cosumeing to clean the spindle and grease the new bearings and remove the races and reinstall the new ones. And the drum can be pretty hard to get off sometimes due to the brake shoes. Might as well do brakes if you need to while your at it also if needed. New inner and outer seals also. Probably 20 bucks or so a wheel for parts. I've done mine 3 or 4 times on my vehical over the years and oh yes a press is helpfull and just the right socket to press the new races in if not use a brass rod to seat the new races in. let us know if you need help and search the post's here for more info just do not over torque the spindle nut when your done. Seat the bearings while turning the drum back and forth to 20 ftlbs back off the nut untill free i found final torque of 2 ftlbs worked ok for me you wont find a seal drag meter as the kia tech procedure states. Good luck with it keep us informed i hope i didn't miss anything. Reguard's Ronjohn
 

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2002 kia ria wheel bearings

So far I have got the wheel and spindle cap successfully off, I will call around to find the spindle lock nut today - is there any special way to remove it besides a wrench? Does it have to be torqued to a specific setting for the install and does the washer need to be replaced/does it come with the new nut?

What did you mean by this: "New inner and outer seals also." - do you mean the races for the bearings?

KIA TECH makes the repair procedure difficult to understand for just a simple bearing replacement.

As for the brakes they should be fine so I wont mess with them. Also I am wondering if I have to remove the brake drum to change the bearings? And do I need a press to install the bearings and races? Sorry I am asking so many questions I just want to make sure I can get this fix done properly withing a short amount of time under an inexpensive budget.
Thanks again for the help.
 

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What did you mean by this: "New inner and outer seals also." - do you mean the races for the bearings?
Inner and outer Grease Seals. Those are the pieces that have the rubber attached and seals against the axle.

Also I am wondering if I have to remove the brake drum to change the bearings? And do I need a press to install the bearings and races?
I normally tap the races in with a socket that is slightly smaller than the hole in the brake drum, and larger than the race, this works for me. Most definitely the brake drum needs to come off.

Not trying to be smart, just realistic, are you sure you're not in over your head?
 

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2002 kia ria wheel bearings

Okay sorry, I think I was confusing my self if not everyone in this thread. I found the lock nut for cheap at a dealer, I just need to pull the drum and bearings (both inner and outer) off just not sure how the drum comes off - Im assuming the lock nut holds it all in?

I realize I am over thinking this (which I shouldnt be) I'm just asking a lot of Q's since I've never changed bearings out but have done other repairs. Could someone just write a simple procedure of the fix? it would make a lot more sense and be way more helpful than the bits and pieces people are providing here.

sorry for the confusion.
 

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We're you able to get on the KIA tech site? Your post which is #5 on this thread seems to say "yes". Really is doesn't get much simpler than what is shown in the blow up picture of how the parts go and the instructions provided.

Anyway, remove the cap, take the nut off, remove the washer, take the drum off. Now take a punch and tap the old races out of the drum, both the inner race and the outer race. The inner race is the one that is towards the car, the outer is the one closest to the axle nut.

Now using fairly large socket tap in the new races till they bottom out at the ridge machined into the drum. Grease up the bearings with wheel bearing grease, use plenty and reassemble, Reassemble the drum onto the axle, placing the washer in place and then the axle nut, preload the bearings using a torque wrench, I don't offhand remember what the torque setting is, you'll need to look that up for yourself, then back off the nut as the instructions say.

Can't get much simpler that that, otherwise, take the car to a repair shop.
 

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that will be enough for info/steps. Thanks a bunch! sorry to hassle you !
 

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Sooo one last thing before I drive you all insane. once I got the drum off it all made sense to me how everything pieces together 100%. The last and only problem I have is getting the original races out. Any advice? I tried using a hammer and chisel but nothing budged. Ps jcwit your my hero
 

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Don't use a chisle to remove the old races use soft metal such as brass so you don't gouage the hubs. I use 1/4 or 3/8 brass round stock about 6 inches long. if you look at the hubs you should see some half round notches around the inside thats where you put the brass round stock ang give it a whack you might need a heavier hammer just work around it like your torque your lug nuts if you get my drift. Reguards Ronjohn
 

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I used a steel punch, but am extremely careful how its used so as not to gouge the inner sided of the drum where the race goes. They usually go out a little on one side, then a little more across from and so on all the way around. Little here, little there.
 

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Yeah....BEAT those Puppies outta there!!! A scratch or two inside the hub won't matter as the new race covers it up. The thing to be careful of is the NEW races. Do not scratch them... and tap them in evenly so they stay "round". NEVER install new bearings into old races! Don't be tempted! Get rid of the old races.
 
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