Re: Pulling front hub on 1999 SE . . . Finishing up ! - Saab 9-5 Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
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I cleaned up the bore of the knuckle with white Scotchbrite (very low-abrasive). I put the new FAG bearing in the freezer for about 2 hours, smeared very light film of Loctite Sleeve and Bearing retainer onto about half width of the outer bearing shell (side that presses in first), and pressed it back in. I have only used Loctite like this once before, on my 2005 BMW. In that case the bearings went in very 'hard' with a fit so tight I might not have needed it. This bearing went in with little pressure build up, so I am glad I used the Loctite to ensure a good tight fitment. Reused old snap ring after cleaning & greasing.
Installing the knuckle onto the car was pretty easy - doing the control arm BJ bolts and nuts first is the way to go. I have a Laser 4847 driveshaft puller/extractor set that I purchased for my BMW, and this made the axle installation VERY easy. Not that it is too hard on a 9-5, but it is a known issue with BMW rear axles, and many DIYer's seem to mess up those axles and hubs using hammers when they should pull the axle in.
Now we wait to see how many miles the left wheel bearing has left !
Mark in Marine
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