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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-18-05, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Question Front Wheel Bearing 97 Sable LS, 24V

I need to replace the front left wheel bearing on my 97 Sable LS with 24V DOHC engine. The replacement procedure is quite simple as the bearing is a bolt in hub and bearing assemble.

What I need though are the torque spec’s for the;
3 bolts that hold the new bearing and hub assemble to the casting?
1-3/16" axial nut? (I found on the net, 30 ft lbs plus 284-degree turn more,
is this right).

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing 97 Sable LS, 24V

From a 99 but should be same.


NOTE: If wheel hub is damaged or if any end play is detectable, replace wheel hub. End play is not adjustable. If wheel hub is disassembled, the assembly must be replaced. Remove all foreign material from knuckle bearing bore for correct seating of new wheel hub.
Lightly lubricate mating surfaces of bearing corner and front wheel knuckle.
CAUTION: Knuckle bore must be clean enough to allow wheel hub to be completely seated by hand. Do not press or draw wheel hub into place . Position wheel hub in front wheel knuckle. Install three new hub and bearing retaining bolts. Tighten to 83 - 107 Nm (61 - 78 ft. lbs.).
Push front wheel driveshaft joint into wheel hub. Hand start front wheel hub retainer.
Slowly release Rotunda Spring Compressor 014-00781 or equivalent while guiding lower ball joint into front suspension lower arm.
Install new lower ball joint nut. Tighten to 68 - 92 Nm (50 - 67 ft. lbs.).
Install tie rod end into front wheel knuckle. Install new slotted nut and tighten to 47 - 63 Nm (35 - 46 ft. lbs.) . If necessary advance nut to install a new cotter pin.
CAUTION: Use extreme care not to damage boot seal. Do not use power tools to tighten nut or bearing and seal damage will result. Install nut using hex hold feature to prevent the stud from rotating . Install stabilizer bar link to front shock absorber. Install stabilizer bar link nut. Tighten to 77 - 103 Nm (57 - 75 ft. lbs.) . For SHO vehicles, install stud cover.
NOTE: Remove rust from the rotor and hub mating surfaces with a medium abrasive pad. Install front disc brake rotor and disc brake caliper. Tighten caliper anchor bracket bolts to 88 - 118 Nm (65 - 87 ft. lbs.) .
Install front axle wheel hub retainer. Tighten to 230 - 275 Nm (170 - 203 ft. lbs.) .
Install wheel and tire. Tighten lug nuts to 115 - 142 Nm (85 - 104 ft. lbs.) .
Lower vehicle.
Pump brake pedal prior to moving vehicle to position brake linings.
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