Re: Front Wheel Bearings
I had the same problem extracting both left and right front wheel bearing hubs on my 2004 Titan, one at 90k and one at 104k miles. Here in New England road salt caused corrosion between the bearing hub and the housing locking them in place. First thing I would try is backing out the three mounting bolts about three turns only, Take a short soft metal bar and hammer hit the bolt heads. hopefully this will start moving the bearing away from the housing. Unfortunately this method didn't work for me! The best way is to use a big slide hammer bolted to the wheel studs. I don't own that tool so I made my own puller. This is how I pulled the hub. Buy two long 5/8" x 8" steel bolts with nuts and washers, (You need the long threads at the ends of the bolts) With a hammer punch out two wheel studs, one on the top and one on the bottom removing them (I removed all the lug studs, Remember the bearing hub is junk) Drill out the top and bottom wheel lug nut stud holes to 5/8" or larger, inset the two bolts into the holes. On the back side of the face insert two or three washers and one nut. Rotate the outer part making sure the ends of the bolts make contact with the housing only not the bearing assembly. If I remember the top bolt is at 1 o'clock and the bottom is at 7 o'clock position. The bottom bolt will contact the disk brake splash guard and housing, It made a small dent in it, just bang it out after you remove the hub. With two wrenches hold the bolt head and rotate the nut counter clockwise apply pressure equally on both top and bottom bolts. If you run out of thread before the bearing hub releases add extra washers. This method pulled both wheel bearing hubs quickly.
Hope this helps!
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Last edited by TitanDoug; 11-06-2010 at 03:35 PM.