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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-04-2000, 10:31 AM
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Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

Hey Guys,

I just finished doing my front wheel bearings and something doesnt seem right. The manual says torque to 50 ft lbs. I thought wheel bearings were supposed to be torqued to a little more than hand tight? When tightened to 50 ft lbs they still spin but not that easy. Is this bearing the grease is very cold and stiff? (outside in my shed below freezing).

Is this normal? I just want to prevent them for burning out. Everything is brand new and replaced and i am wondering why the rotor is spinning freely. Were my last ones spinning freely cause they were worn? I am not sure how they are "Supposed" to be.

What is everyone else torquing the spindle nut (inner most) to on a Dana44?


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-04-2000, 10:42 AM
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Re: Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

Are you sure it doesn't say torque to 50 and then back off 1/4 -1/2 turn. That is the usual way.

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Re: Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

Thats exactly what I was thinking. They should be ran on to 50 lbs then backed off a smidgeon. They dont need to be very free wheeling when done, but you dont want any bearing bind either.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-04-2000, 01:35 PM
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Re: Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

As I was tought, you torque to 50lbs back off a half turn and retorque to 5lbs. Install the washer(lined up to the pin if so equipped then the outer nut and torque to 125-150lbs. Now this is using the Ford style nut setup, so the outer nut spec may be different than yours.

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Re: Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

Mangler, here`s what "Chiltons" says. "Install inner lock ring and wheel bearing nut and torque it to 50 ft. lbs. while turning the wheel back and forth to seat the bearings. Back off the nut about 1/4 turn maximum. Install outer lock ring/washer and nut. Torque to 50 ft. lbs." I usually just snug up the inner nut and torque the outer nut. It`s worked good so far.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2000, 07:19 AM
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Re: Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

Jeep manual says almost the same as Jeff's Chilton, torque inner nut to 50 lbs, back off 1/6 turn then tighten outer nut to 50. John

post #7 of (permalink) Old 12-05-2000, 07:38 AM
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Re: Wheel Bearing Question/Problem???

You want to seat the bearings nice and good. The way I was taught (before my torque wrench days) was to spin the rotor while tightening the nut until it rotor starts to drag. From there, give the rotor a good spin, and tighten the nut until the rotor stops. Back off 1/4 turn and install the outer nut tight.

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