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I need to replace the front wheel bearing on my 2000 Vitara 2.0L 4x4. I have read about the required special tool to remove the wheel bearing lock nut and I know I can buy one on E-bay for a reasonable price. I noticed in the factory service manual that a hydraulic press is needed to press out the bearing (see attached images) and also a slide-hammer type tool to remove the hub if it is stuck. I'm not really prepared to buy a hydraulic press just for this job.

Has anyone done this job on their own? Is a hydraulic press essential or can it simply be hammered out with a block of wood or something like that?

What about the slide-hammer device...is there an alternative technique?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Yes you shall need a press, however most machine shops will do the pressing for you..

An alternative to the slide hammer is to reverse the disk, install nuts on first 3-4 treads and use the mass of the disk to drift the hub...

You will also need a Torque wrench to set the bearing preload...

...... Philip
 

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It might be worth your while to verify what style of hub your particular vehicle requires, some were fitted with hubs that did not have replaceable bearings.
 

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Thanks for the responses. Good idea with the brake rotor. I have a torque wrench and I checked the parts diagram in the Suzuki parts software with my VIN, so I should be okay there.

Trouble is I only have the one car, so I would need to bicycle to a mechanic or machine shop to get the bearings pressed out. Hopefully there's one close by that has it. Otherwise, I may just have to ante up the cash and have Suzuki do it.
 
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