Date: Sat, 15 Jul 2000 16:17:34 GMT
From: "Ben Thompson" <>
Subject: Re: 87 SAAB 9000 Turbo - A/T: procedure to replace front hub/wheel bearing

I did the same on my '86 9kt (manual trans), your should be nearly identical. Visit SobStory.Com and order a new hub; Jim Moncrief got me one at an excelent price. In brief, what you do is this : 1. With the car on the ground, using an 32mm axle nut socket ('borrowed' from AutoZone), a 1/2" drive breaker bar, and a 4' section of steel plumbing pipe (bought at home depot for $5) : remove the center cap from the wheel. Fit the socket over the nut, and the breaker bar into the socket. Now slide the pipe over the handle of the breaker bar to give you enough leverage to break loose the axle nut. Heave-ho! Just loosen the nut a little, you don't have to take it off. 2. Jack the car up, and remove the wheel. 3. Undo the two 19mm bolts which secure the brake calipers, and remove the brake calipers. Use a zip-tie or wire to hang these out of the way safely. 4. Remove the brake rotor. 5. Remove the four 17mm (may be 19mm, I can't remember) bolts which hold the wheel hub to the steering knuckle. 6. Remove the axle nut. After doing that, the hub and the brake dust shield should come off. 7. Refit in reverse order (don't forget the dust shield). Make sure you use a NEW axle nut. They are designed to deform when properly torqued down, and are not reusable. Make sure you use a good torque wrench to torque the axle nut to 205 ft/lbs. If you don't, you'll be doing this procedure again shortly. Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions... - Ben F M <> wrote in message news:8klnqe$l38$ > > Hi, > I am going to be replacing the front wheel bearing/hub assembly in my 87 > 9000 Turbo (automatic trans). > Can someone please give me some advice on how to approach this task? > Is there any special tools that i will need? > Any tips on how to do it, what not to do, and any other info is greatly > appreciated. > Thanks in advance, > Fred > >

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