Wheel hubs play a crucial role in the function and performance of your vehicle’s wheels. Over time, wheel hubs can wear out or become damaged, and it’s important to replace them to ensure the safety and reliability of your vehicle. In this blog post, we’ll go over the steps for changing your wheel hubs and some tips to make the process easier.
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Step 1: Gather Your Tools and Supplies
Before you begin changing your wheel hubs, you’ll need to gather the following tools and supplies:
- Jack and jack stands
- Lug wrench or impact wrench
- Wheel chocks
- New wheel hubs
- Socket set
Step 2: Lift the Vehicle
To change your wheel hubs, you’ll need to lift the vehicle off the ground. Place wheel chocks behind the rear wheels to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Use a jack to lift the front of the vehicle and place jack stands under the frame to support the vehicle.
Step 3: Remove the Wheel
Use a lug wrench or impact wrench to remove the lug nuts from the wheel. Once the lug nuts have been removed, take the wheel off and set it aside.
Step 4: Remove the Brake Caliper and Rotor
The next step is to remove the brake caliper and rotor. This will give you access to the wheel hub. Use a socket set to remove the bolts that hold the brake caliper in place. Once the bolts have been removed, carefully remove the brake caliper and set it aside.
Step 5: Remove the Old Wheel Hub
With the brake caliper and rotor removed, you’ll be able to access the wheel hub. Use a socket set to remove the bolts that hold the wheel hub in place. Once the bolts have been removed, gently wiggle the wheel hub to loosen it from the spindle. Carefully remove the old wheel hub and set it aside.
Step 6: Install the New Wheel Hub
Take the new wheel hub and apply a small amount of grease to the spindle. Carefully install the new wheel hub, making sure to align the bolts with the holes in the spindle. Use a socket set to tighten the bolts that hold the wheel hub in place.
Step 7: Reinstall the Brake Caliper and Rotor
Once the new wheel hub has been installed, you’ll need to reinstall the brake caliper and rotor. Carefully place the brake caliper over the rotor and tighten the bolts that hold it in place. Make sure the brake caliper is securely fastened.
Step 8: Reinstall the Wheel
Place the wheel back on the hub, making sure to align the holes with the studs. Use a lug wrench or impact wrench to tighten the lug nuts.
Step 9: Lower the Vehicle
Once the wheel has been reinstalled, lower the vehicle from the jack stands using the jack.
Step 10: Test Drive
Take your vehicle for a test drive to make sure that the wheel hubs have been installed correctly and are working properly. Check for any vibrations or wobbling and make sure that the brakes are functioning correctly.
Tips for Changing Your Wheel Hubs
- Take your time. Changing your wheel hubs can be a time-consuming process, but it’s important to take your time to ensure that the job is done correctly.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for removing and installing the wheel hubs. This will help to ensure that the job is done correctly and will prevent any damage to the vehicle.
- Use the right tools. Make sure to use the right tools for the job.