QUOTE (carvster1 @ Feb 5 2011, 10:17 AM)
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 ??