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#1 Old 02-05-2011, 10:17 AM
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How dificult is it to replace the front Wheel bearing of a 2001 2.7 Liter Santa Fe? I am replaceing the cv Axle and figured since it is at 160K it might be worth it to replace the bearing since I will already have access to it but when I went to AutoZone to price the Bearing ($47 dollars each) the guy said I would not be able to replace it myself and I had to take it to a shop that has a press. This sounde like a canned response.

Is this not what Bearing pullers are for? I was looking at HarborFrieght and i saw this HF wheel bearing adapter

I am fairly mechanincally inclined but have never replace a bearing on the santa Fe.

I usuall tend to beleive i can do it all myself and i have gotten myself into trouble over that before so i figured i would ask you guys. If anyone had replaced the bearing before please let me knwo how you did it.
Do you have a reccommendation for another tool for this jos? pls post a link so i can check it out.

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How dificult is it to replace the front Wheel bearing of a 2001 2.7 Liter Santa Fe? I am replaceing the cv Axle and figured since it is at 160K it might be worth it to replace the bearing since I will already have access to it but when I went to AutoZone to price the Bearing ($47 dollars each) the guy said I would not be able to replace it myself and I had to take it to a shop that has a press. This sounde like a canned response.

Unless it is making noise going down the road,,, leave well enough alone. To do the job, you will need to remove the knuckle from the chassis, trash the snap ring that locks bearing into knuckle, push the hub out of bearing 1 direction, then press bearing out the other direction.. Take you choice, beat it out with large hammer, or push it out with press.

Install bearing is best done with press, impact to bearing balls and races will dent the races, you'll have bum bearing fro the go.,, walk bearing back into the knuckle...

Before you push the center hub in........ see the groove in the bore of the bearing where both inner races sit together.............. open the gap and pack a bunch of high quality grease in there to fill the void between the races/balls and carriers that the balls snap into... I prefer MOBIL-1 synthetic grease.. bearings come from vendor with absoolutely no lubricant of any value... trust me on the packing them with real grease.,,, 335,000 on original bearings assembled to my daily ride.. Then push the hub into the bearing... dont forget to install new snap ring.


Forgot to add -- in my years of Hyundai, I think I put my first front bearing in a Santa Fe.... not a regular noise making item.. unless impacted a number of times real good to beat up the bearing.

Why we replacing the axle ??

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Thanks SBR711,
I am changing the CV axle because the boot has ripped off. I am not sure how long it has been ripped but i would guess abut 2 - 3 weeks as that was the last time i was under the car and did not see any grease. about a year ago i had the same issue but with the right side outer boot and i thought i would save some money and just replaced the boot not with a split boot (temporary) but with a real boot. I could not get the stupid thing on. after a weekend of fighting with it i just decided to buy the cv axle and replace it. Problem is i usually travel during the week and this is the wifey's car so i have to have it in working condition on the weekday when i head out.

The bearing are not making any noise now so there is no real reason to change it out. i was just trying to stay ahead and swap out other things since i am already there doing some work. so for now i will take your advice and leave well enough alone.
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Dont toss the axle in favor of an aftermarket... order an inner and out boot kits at dealer, and replace the boots yourself.. not hard to do. Then if the boots ever break, you know where to get replacements..

Parts store axles, majority of the time the joint and boots is not same as Hyundai OE, so if boot blows, it's buy another axle.

Wash the joint out, dry it out, and myself I would refill them with MOBIL-1 synthetic grease... that is what I did on my daily drive Toyota front axles.. car has 335,000 mile on it.. I dont like that cheap grease in tube that comes with boot kits.

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