Date: 6 Dec 1998 21:35:31 GMT
From: <pat.mckelveynopsamdnet.att.net>
Subject: Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement


I know about the tool for VW's. I used that tool on my 82 Rabbit. But on my 86 Saab 900S, I found it easier to take the steering knuckle off (after removing the break calipers) and take the whole assembly to a bearing shop. Have the shop press the bearings in place. The charge for this service was reasonable (< $50). Removing the bearing race from the wheel hub can be difficult also. Usually no wheel alignment is needed if the steering knuckle is removed and the ball joints bolts are not disturbed. Removing the steering knuckle sounds like a lot of work, but can be done in less than hour with the right tools. All that said, I have also, done the entire bearing job on a 83 900 Turbo without the assistance of a bearing shop. But it took a lot of work-around ingenuity (not worth it). Bottom line: best to use a properly equipped shop for this part of the job. Good parts supply house can do the job or they will know where there is a bearing shop that will do it. Patrick Andrew and Reagan Schmitter wrote in message <74cdda$hcvnopsamops.execpc.com>... >Has anyone replaced the front wheel bearings on an87 900 Turbo? I have >done this procedure on a VW Jetta. On that car, with the use of a >special tool, I was able to do this without removing the spindle from >the car making the job much easier. Is this possible on the Saab? Any >suggestions are appreciated. >

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