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Old 02-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1995 tracker. with the 16 valve engine...4x4 automatic trany...and would like to know how to remove the phillips screws behind the hub to replace the front wheel bearings...mine is moving..as in the wheel is moving about 3/16 of an inch with the vehicle jacked up...and grabbing the wheel top and bottom...it is gone or going...the screws seems to be loctited in..and I guess you need a hammer inpact tool to get them out...what would be the proper way to do it?

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A little heat to break the locktite, and an impact driver... Philip
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swap out of front hub bearings
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All right thanks...let me run this by ya....I can get the entire hub lockers and I would assume the bearing behind the hub(wheel bearing) from a 1996 Geo tracker with good one on it...will it work as a direct swap on my 1995 Geo tracker....

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Swapping the bearings is really not that bad of a job.
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Yes is not..if you have $150.00 in tools to do it...$100.00 torque wrench and the special tool to tighten it with $55.00....right....?
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and $ the cost to have the bearing pressed in..another $50.00....right
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The search on here isn't the greatest... However allow Google to help you...

Search Google for wheel bearings!
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wow only 300 hits ,id expect like 3000
see the noob section here.
http://www.fixkick.com/hubs/FW_BEARINGS.html
you remove the bearing locking ring with a special tool, if you use a cold chisel , HOW DO you put it back?????
to the correct torque range. impossible and if not in range it fails fast.
its off
you press out the old ones (any mach, shop, brake shop or suspension shop can do it)
you press in the new.
you assemble
you set torque to spec. 123-180 ft/lbs a real torque wrench.... is needed.
what is the hard part.?

i can not understand this...
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I can get the entire hub lockers (is that a question?)
and I would assume the bearing behind the hub(wheel bearing) from a 1996 Geo tracker with good one on it...(what does this mean)?

will it work as a direct swap on my 1995 Geo tracker....
my guess is you confuse 96 GEO parts with 95 Sidekick
parts
you do know that 96+_ GM /GEO trackers use there own , wheel bearing locking
ring , right? see my page on that, it shows the funny GM locker.
and how to change from GM to Sidekick flat ring.

only the locking bearing rings are unique, not the other parts
and the geo locking axle hubs some suzuki axle lockers will not fit the queer gm wheel bearing star lockers, it hits.

why not just ask direct questions, can i do this.
will this exact part off this car , will it fit , this car here,..

here is the GM bearing lock ring, if you have it, id get rid of it and use suzuki parts.
that is my opinion, i hate it.
some 96 did not have it. but 97 for sure does. GM/GEO made in CAMI
in 1998 some trackers were made in japan do to cami shut down,(refit) and have
non GM locks. the devil really is , in the details...................



Timken did a test on the bearing for out of range running , and it fails in 1000 miles or less. you believe it or not, but it's a fact. (crush bearing)

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easier?
In later 1996 the GM CAMI plant changed from Suzuki parts to GM parts
at parts #37-42 (all bearing lock rings)
some axle lock hubs dont fit, the new gm bearing locks, good luck there...

bearing 43 is the same as are the other parts, you can shop on line and see what fits. bearing wise...
my page shows the suzuki pn, see that? Suz. PN: 09269-41001
and the same page states
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All OEM Sidekicks below year 2001, uses crush cone bearings, that meet in the middle !!
Sammui's are not sidekicks and are 4 part bearings set loose.



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