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Well this may be pretty run of the mill for some of us but this is a very common task or challenge I am faced with all through out the year. A customer will drop off a spindle and a bearing and want it replaced. So come along and I'll show you how it is done.

50 thoughts on “How to press a press in style wheel bearing”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Art says:

    The extra explanations make your video a standout. Bravo.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Kopp says:

    Very thorough video. It helped me significantly,learned a few tricks thanks

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Keeping Up says:

    What tool or tools does it take to get that kind of circlip off?

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Johnson says:

    thanks

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas Byzewski says:

    General rule using a press wear eye
    Protection

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David L Janvrin Jr. says:

    I did not support and cried.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 1divemaster1 says:

    Man you made one excellent video. Very educational.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lavarus Kilpatrick says:

    "This is the look of aggravation" 🤣😂🙄. Tooooootally agree my man, totally agree. My current frustration as i type.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tony wastler says:

    What tools would you have used if you did the procedure on the car?

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kazil Ziya says:

    Appreciate the tutorial. Thanks

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Oceha says:

    So I just pressed my hub in without supporting the inner race from the bottom… and destroyed my $50 bearing. Worst part is I knew I needed to support it, just made a silly mistake while figuring out the other parts of this. Expensive lesson in correct bearing pressing that I might do a couple more times in my life? I guess so lol

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fly Fishing says:

    once again, nice video!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Abboud Abudafair says:

    Thanks a lot… it is very helpful.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SheerWill Survival says:

    Great video 👊🏻

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Independent Lab says:

    what is the hand puller thing called? not the press, but the one with the 2 claws/ grabby things

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Diagnostics Done Right says:

    Thanks for this. Haven’t used my shop press much and using the Astro bearing puller kit doesn’t work well for me off of the vehicle. Just finished up a perfect set of civic front knuckles after forgetting to support the inner race on the first one. Great vids as always and I always refer to your catalog of videos if I’m ever in doubt. Thanks again.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Best Automotive basics for beginners says:

    great video…wear safety glasses…..bearings can shatter with force

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars garth falkner says:

    good vid showa LOT

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wingerrrrrrrrr says:

    Have the wheel spindles ever separated from the hub while driving or cornering if the friction from the press fit is all that keeps it together?
    Is the drive axle circlip acting as the backup ?

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris Johnson says:

    When I was a mechanic years ago, I built up a collection of old outer races which I ground down a tad to make perfect drivers for next time. I still have them somewhere, along with a lot of inner spacers and thick washers etc all kept together on a f'kin' long bolt. It seems young mechanics haven't learnt the basics of never pressing 'through' a bearing. It will shorten their life a lot.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars M Lieser says:

    I miss my presses . Had both 12 and 20 tons. The 12 was great for u-joints. Made many " press toys" over the years. Black Pipe (schedule 40) makes for good cups. Great job on supporting the knuckle assembly.
    With that type of press it is important to make sure everything is straight, otherwise if off the jack will "kick out" and bend the guides.
    One day a "hippie" I worked with asked to borrow my press . After the morning "wake and bake" , he managed to bend the guides! Needless to say I was not very happy!

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tyler Slaven says:

    This video was awesome man ! Appreciate the content.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew L says:

    Thanks as always for your wisdom…keep up the great work in the PRNY

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Fries says:

    I dont have access to a shop press but i have a slide hammer kit and a ball joint press, will the ball joint press clear most knuckles u think? Or I got a large C-clamp I could use the plates with maybe.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris D says:

    I bought a shop press for like 50 bucks so glad I did I never thought I would need it as much as I do now, both my cars take press in bearings

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mikey Groves says:

    I pushed the bearing out the wrong way… will that have wrecked the nuckle?

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars hardkore360 says:

    Eric, just curious what the labor cost would be to replace both wheel hubs and bearings? thanks!

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Dunagan says:

    My two cents is getting a shop press is not enough: don't think you can get a 12-ton shot press from harbor freight for $130 and be safe and I'm speaking from first hand.

    You will need to invest 50 to $150 in different adapters and arbor plates. I so totally wish I just gave pep boys $70 per side to do my bearings after I destroyed one spindle and one shot press which harbor freight was great to replace for $36.

    I have the same spindle and that's how I broke the presses I could never get it lined up straight and that's also how I shirt off one of the ears and that was after watching this video!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rogue Bystander says:

    i found this two wheel bearings too late. . .

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Martin Southwell says:

    Thanks.mate, great video 👍

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Roberts says:

    Good job brother

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars terry harvey says:

    I've had a press for
    35 years and only used it maybe 20 times. When you need it, you gotta have it. But the set up shimming time is a killer. For bearings, even drop offs like this one, I still use my OTC GRAPPLER. Much quicker, easier set up and I DON'T have to pull it off the car saving having to send it out for an alignment.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars busyTirex says:

    that was helpful. the best wheel bearing replacement video

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mikeyb byekim says:

    So now I wonder how much you'll charge the guy for doing this. Looked like quite a hassle lol

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Hurt says:

    Thanks for taking the time to video the process

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gplus Gplus! says:

    You still can do this type of bearing on the car, you need this bearing kit with 20-25 sizes of discs and big fitting screw, about 50-60 for the kit

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Garden Tools says:

    The legs getting away really need something skinny Rented a hub tamer and it still didn't have enough adapters to finish the job safely.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars WhyWouldYou CareAboutMyName says:

    Idk why I always get you and Eric the car guy confused lol. I guess y'all do look and sound kinda similar lol

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Russo says:

    Most excellent, enjoyed. When I was a younger dude, I remember using some dry ice and throwing parts in the oven, to my Mom’s fury. From what I can recall they just about dropped in. Getting the bearings out !, I seem to conveniently have no memory of that deed. Many thanks.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert the Grow Guy says:

    I usually use a large socket with a hammer to knock out the wheel hub before going near the press

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars V K says:

    very well explained with lots of info and good camera work thanks!

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars skypirate king says:

    How to remove the abs without damaging? It always gets stuck.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Drake Velazquez says:

    My press is to small to let the hub sit right ;(

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david hughes says:

    I love the video man I learned a lot pressing stuff I just got a press so keep up the good work man

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david hughes says:

    I like your videos keep up the good work man

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Gilfedder says:

    Big fan of your videos Mechanic myself of 42 years, Keep on wrenching my friend

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joshua Johnson says:

    Keep up the good work

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrMotofy says:

    Go to HF get the 20Ton air bottle jack and swap that hydraulic. Makes life so much easier