Front Wheel Bearing Replacement on the Wiffe's 1999 Honda CRV AWD

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I replaced the defective Growling Loud left front wheel bearing last Sunday on the wife's 1999 Honda CRV.
250,000 miles on it now.
Its the Press in style Dual Row Ball Bearing.
They are Huge on a Honda Car or SUV Front wheel drive or AWD.
They do not pop right out. Press them Out out on a hydraulic press with the entire steering knuckle removed from the vehicle. A real PIA and pretty difficult job.
Press the new wheel bearing in.

I am replacing the Passenger front wheel bearing Sunday Morning.
Preventive maintenance & peace of mind.
When wheel bearings fail its a severe stability & vehicle handing issue.
Send you into a ditch at highway speeds or lockup at speed at ultimate failure.
The Bearings are fairly inexpensive.
$ 35.00 each my cost with my Work discount used at Advanced Auto.

I borrowed my Boss's SIR HUB MASTER ( $600.00 to buy it if you decide to).
It removes the flanged hub, the wheel bearing, & installs the new wheel bearing back in the vehicle without removing the steering knuckle.
It works VERY NICE once you read the directions & understand how it works & use it correct.
I will take photos & post them Tommarow for you guys changing out the wheel bearing on the Honda CRV.

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The Old Honda CRV Drives like Brand New Again.
I took it on the Intestate tonight And Ran it to 95 mph.
Rock Stable Solid.
Absolute no Wheel bearing Noise.

The Passenger Right Front Wheel Bearing was failing too.
Once the CV shaft was removed I spun the Hub & it made growl & whir noise.

Good to Go.

Honda AWD CRV's are really full time Front wheel drive typical. Once wheel slip is detected there is a special hydraulic pump in the rear diff that engages a clutch pack to the Pinion Gear.
Then its 4X4 AWD.
Happens so fast & Seamless you never know its in 2wd or 4wd.
Instant traction Boost & these Old 1st Gen 1997-2001 keep going & going if keep up on maintenance repairs.
A few have over 500,000 miles on them now with original drivetrains & engines.
Way better track record than Domestic USA.

Be sure to Torque the Front drive axle nut to 181 Ft/Lbs.
Its an impossible spec to find online.
I checked on the Mechanics Computer Forum at work. Closed off to the Public & Google search won't get you in.

Brian R.


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