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Old 16 October 2012, 14:39   #1
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Front Wheel Bearings - Discovery 1

Apologies if this has been discussed before but someone around here's bound to know.

Ok.. cue silly question no. 35) How much harder is it to change wheel bearings on a Discovery than it is on a boat trailer ?? My initial thought it is the only differences are everything is quite a lot heavier, and there are brakes to get in the way.

The cheapest quote I've had to get a garage to do it is 180, which to me equates to a lot that could be better spent on fuel...

A quick google found the below, can anyone add any pointers or let me know if good advice:

4x4Wire - Land Rover Discovery Front Wheel Bearing Service

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Or is there something I'm missing which means I'm doomed to failure & an even larger bill ?

I will most likely need a man or a compressor just to provide muscle, but thats not impossible.

Er... advice welcome!

(The good news is, its a P-reg, bought off Ebay, and the wheel bearings are the only major MOT fail, which I think's quite impressive!)
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Old 16 October 2012, 15:01   #2
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The guy that looks after my disco is really quite reasonable, I'll give him a ring for you and see how much he would charge.

As for how hard the job is I would have thought that it would be a lot harder than trailer bearings being a 4x4.

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Apologies if this has been discussed before but someone around here's bound to know.

Ok.. cue silly question no. 35) How much harder is it to change wheel bearings on a Discovery than it is on a boat trailer ?? My initial thought it is the only differences are everything is quite a lot heavier, and there are brakes to get in the way.

The cheapest quote I've had to get a garage to do it is 180, which to me equates to a lot that could be better spent on fuel...

A quick google found the below, can anyone add any pointers or let me know if good advice:

4x4Wire - Land Rover Discovery Front Wheel Bearing Service

?

Or is there something I'm missing which means I'm doomed to failure & an even larger bill ?

I will most likely need a man or a compressor just to provide muscle, but thats not impossible.

Er... advice welcome!

(The good news is, its a P-reg, bought off Ebay, and the wheel bearings are the only major MOT fail, which I think's quite impressive!)
http://youtu.be/O4A9MTOOC60
Not sure if link will work but loads of vids on YouTube search changing front wheel bearing on a defender recon they will be the same
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Or try a disco forum, I belong to a d2 forum now.
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Old 16 October 2012, 15:30   #6
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I reckon 180 for a pair of 4WD bearings isn't bad if that includes the bearings. Esp the fronts.
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I reckon 180 for a pair of 4WD bearings isn't bad if that includes the bearings. Esp the fronts.
No its pretty reasonable compared to the other quotes I had, most were around 120 per side. Its like the Searider though... I bought it with the intention of learning to fix it (or getting better at bribing friends to fix it) .. its just not worth having if you get everything done properly !

Still amazed it didn't fail on rust, it has some, but was only 'advisory'.
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Are you sure you'r talking about the Discovery here? Rust? Didn't think there'd be enough body left for rust to get a hold of. Maybe you're talking about rust inside the diff or the gearbox.
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Old 16 October 2012, 16:03   #9
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Yup, good info' you've found. The calliper bolts will be a pita to undo. Replace them with new ones, once they're out. Burn the old loctite out of the holes they go into and then re-loctite in the new ones when you put the new ones in.

This may help too



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oh yeah, have some cable ties handy to cable tie the caliper up out of the way.
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Shameless plug if you look on LR4x4 - The Land Rover Forum in the Technical Archive I am pretty sure there is a step by step guide in there.

Discovery 1 (1989-98 models) are the same bearings as Defenders, as shown in the post above, and can be adjusted or stripped and checked/greased. Discovery 2 (Td5 1999-2004) are different, sealed bearings.
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Old 17 October 2012, 05:10   #12
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I think from what I remember they are fairly easy. well the my range rover ones were ( M reg soft dash 3.9 efi)
so they should be about the same.
you can tighten them up if they are loose and not knackered.
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This isn't an imposible diy job, but you'll need some specialist kit like the hub nut socket,also known as a 52mm box spanner, as mentioned you may get away with just tightening the existing bearings, but a new set will give peace of mind.
First things first make sure vehicle is securely supported, there'll be a lotta hammering going on, always best to place secondary support under vehicle like the wheel itself with some timber to pack out.
Also worth having some bearing puller's if you are going to change as they can be a right pita to remove sometimes. you'll also find a selection of cold chisel's and lump hammer handy bits of kit to tease things on there way. removal of the old bearings is always the hardest part. using a blow lamp can sometimes help to loosen there grip.
Once removed refitting is pretty straightforward, after greasing, tighten the hub lock nut all the way turning the hub as you go, until it won't turn anymore, then release the hub nut by quarter of a turn or until the hub turns freely with no excess play. always check all washers and locking shims are in place first.
another handy tool is a G clamp for pushing the brake pistons back into the callipers, remembering to slightly loosen the bleed screw to release pressure as the piston goes back in. somtimes just removing the brake fluid refill cap is good enough.
Finally this time of year you may need use of a garage or shelter to do all of the above.
Best of luck.
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same as on a defender of similar age, hardest part is jacking the thing up and getting the wheels off, all you need then is a decent set of tools and a good vice on a bench while you knock the old bearings out and the new ones in, if you haven't done it before it probably worth investing in the Haynes manual, if nothing else something to read while having a brew. If you buy the bearings off a land rover specialist they will have all the tools you need, including the box spanner. it can't be hard if i can do it..............
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Thank you for all the advice, going to give it a go on Saturday as long as parts arrive. I've ordered them from the local place but didn't pay attention to them not being open any time when I can pick them up which was a bit of an oversight.
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another handy tool is a G clamp for pushing the brake pistons back into the callipers, remembering to slightly loosen the bleed screw to release pressure as the piston goes back in. somtimes just removing the brake fluid refill cap is good enough.
Finally this time of year you may need use of a garage or shelter to do all of the above.
Best of luck.[/QUOTE]

I don't bother with the bleed screw I just get a syringe and take some fluid out of the reservoir
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I don't bother with the bleed screw I just get a syringe and take some fluid out of the reservoir
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I agree with you on that one mick av done the same meself, but sum makes/models don't like it, aparantely it can knacker sensors on newer models or sumfin lik that.
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Never slam the fluid back into master/abs system. Always open the bleeder and put a tube on it.

While you are at it, flush the system often. It is amazing how many brake systems are in need of new fluid since it is hygroscopic. I have test dip strips I use, and 70% of vehicles fail. Unless you have a scanner for modern vehicles you can't get all the fluid but most is better than none. Even just sucking out the reservoir and changing it is better than nothing.

Can't help on the wheel bearings themselves as I have never done one. Many do take specialty pullers though.
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I agree with you on that one mick av done the same meself, but sum makes/models don't like it, aparantely it can knacker sensors on newer models or sumfin lik that.[/QUOTE]

Didn't know that but I only do it on my defender and it is basic no electronic aids at all.
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Didn't know that but I only do it on my defender and it is basic no electronic aids at all.
Even on an old school vehicle it is important to not push dirty fluid back into the master. A small piece of debris can cause issues.

With that said, there should be no reason to retract the caliper at all doing a wheel bearing. Slide the caliper off and then right back on when going back together. Unless the rotor has a large ridge at the top. Hang the caliper off to the side as trailer guy suggested. Never hang the caliper by it's hose. Bailing wire, zip ties, coat hangers all work.

The torque on the axle end nut that sets up free play at the bearings is probably one of the most critical parts of the job. (Does it really say 37ft lbs? That is low as most vehicles are over 100 ft lbs.)

Per the drawing it looks pretty easy...
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