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PostSubject: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:27 pm

I would like to find out your procedure on tightening the front wheel bearings on our cars...(basically any rear wheel drive car). I've heard many different methods...some of which I shake my head at but I'd like to go with a set plan once and for all. How do you guys do it? Thanks,

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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:24 pm

Roller bearing type wheel bearings as on our Mopars, all require A pre-load to function properly. Ball bearing type like used in late fifties and earlier GM products cannot be preloaded, or will fail prematurely.

When I had my repair shop business and when I taught high school auto shop, the recommended procedure was to snug the nut down, and then tighten to roughly 15 Lbs/ft. This will seat everything properly. Then back the nut off, rotate the drum [or disc], and then re-tighten, this time just putting a slight pre-load on the bearings, maybe 3-4 lbs/ft. I just do it by feel anymore after having done this for so many years. Be sure everything is kept sanitary, dirt in the grease can cause galling and premature wear.

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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:00 pm

Thanks John...I scoured the DeSoto service manual but could not find anything. It has to be in there. When I ask around I always seem to get a diffrent technique...probably because there should be for different makes...like you have mentioned. I'll follow your procedure.

What I've been doing up until now...is tightening the center nut just to where I can't feel any slop in the bearings when I rock the tire/wheel in/out (with my hands positioned at 12:00 and 6:00)

So it sounds like I've been leaving a bit too loose then.

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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:07 pm

I tightened mine , turned the wheel then backed it off very slightly...turned the wheel again....Been Cherry ever since....I will keep an eye out now...
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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:11 am

That is exactly the way we did all our cars back in the 50's and 60's.

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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:14 am

Arnie1964 wrote:
That is exactly the way we did all our cars back in the 50's and 60's.

What way Jim? You didn't quote anyone. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:54 pm

I found a procedure in the 57-58 Plymouth Service Manual...I was looking in my DeSoto manual yesterday. It says while rotating wheel, tighten center nut to 90 inch/lbs. Then back lock nut up one notch to align lock nut to cotter pin hole. Would this 90 inch/lbs equate (divide by 12) to 7.5 ft/lbs? I do not have an inch/lb torque wrench...I only have a ft/lbs torque wrench. This would also put it into the same ballpark as what John said earlier.

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PostSubject: Re: Tightening Front Wheel Bearings   Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:01 am

I agree with john..........Just remember to "pack' the bearings with really top notch high temp grease and I always renew the grease in the hubs before I put them on.
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