Replaced rear wheel bearing on Integra

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Tegger, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. Tegger

    Tegger Guest

    My left rear was making noise, so I replaced it tonight.

    After almost 17 years and 300K miles, the amount of rust under there was

    The 32mm spindle nut came off in maybe two seconds with my electric impact
    wrench. That wrench has so far not met its match; it has removed every bolt
    asked of it, no matter how tight or rusted.

    The bearing and hub (one unit) came off with no trouble at all, but it was
    the splash shield that gave all the grief. It's held on by four 10mm bolts,
    exactly the same bolts that hold the parking brake cover in place.

    These bolts' heads were corroded to the point that they were round. I had
    to Dremel them to some semblance of hexagonality, and ended up getting them
    out by hammering a 9mm socket over top of the Dremeled hexes.

    Three of the 10mm bolts are in blind holes, and came off without issue.
    Unfortunately, one bolt is in a through hole. This one resisted all efforts
    at removal and had to be drilled out, and the hole retapped.

    I then had to do lots of sculptor-type hammering and chipping on the
    trailing arm flange, which was very bumpy with rust. Sanding finished it

    I was going to take more photos, but I just wanted to rip through the job
    and only took these four.

    It looks so pretty now, I hate to drive it anywhere. :)
    Tegger, Sep 14, 2007
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    jim beam Guest

    what did the axle stub look like? - that's the important bit.
    jim beam, Sep 14, 2007
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    motsco_ Guest

    motsco_, Sep 14, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    I'm a long drive outside that.

    All the parts came from an Acura dealer, and ran me about $225 plus tax.
    The parts included:
    Hub/bearing assembly (about $200)
    Stake nut
    Dust cover
    Splash shield
    4 bolts
    Tegger, Sep 14, 2007
  5. Tegger

    Tegger Guest

    The stub looked brand-new once I cleaned off the accumulated grease. The
    grease looked like rust at first, but wasn't. You can see that grease in
    the picture, on the inside of the bearing.
    The inner bearing race does not turn, but is trapped firmly between the big
    washer, stake nut (134 ft/lbs) and the rear face of the stub. This means
    the grease simply accumulated in the tiny gap between hub and race. A
    surprising amount of grease had escaped the bearing.

    I believe there to be rust inside the bearing (that's how my front bearings
    both failed), but I'd need to pay somebody to press the unit apart so I can
    see. Don't want to spend the money for that right now.

    They've changed the weather seal style on the new one's bearing. The old
    one has a protruding lip that rides in a groove surrounding the stub. The
    new one does not have this lip, just an enhanced sort of seal that's flush
    with the bearng's face.

    Now I wish I'd taken the time to take more pictures. What with all the rust
    and drilling I had to deal with at the time, pictures seemed like too much
    trouble. It was getting late and I needed the car for the morning.
    Tegger, Sep 14, 2007
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    M.A. Stewart Guest

    If you are not re-using the hub or bearings... just pound the bearing
    out with a hammer and drift. Knock the seals out with a hammer and chisle, to
    look at the balls etc.. With a big vise and a big hammer, you can 'bust'
    the bearing open. Always think saftey when pounding.
    M.A. Stewart, Sep 15, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    (M.A. Stewart) wrote in

    I usually think saftey, especially when spelling isn't occupying my
    Tegger, Sep 15, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    (M.A. Stewart) wrote in

    Aren't you at Carleton University in Ottawa?

    How come your spelling is so bad? Were you an "affirmative action"

    Are you aiming to be a government worker or something? They're not too
    smart, you know. Powerful, but not intelligent. However, intelligence isn't
    important so long as you have power, so...
    Tegger, Sep 15, 2007
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    M.A. Stewart Guest

    i new that>>> it was a general comet for the kids who have never bustted
    open a buring> i have bad esite (myopia... per the context of human
    eyesight, literal) and would hate to have some kids hit with a flyin"
    chunk O'steal< in the eyball> those burings are made with some hard
    and brittle steal>
    M.A. Stewart, Sep 16, 2007
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    M.A. Stewart Guest

    No. But it's a common misconception of people (especially those who
    appear to be fixated on spelling/typo mistakes... i'm just kidding!) world
    wide, who think FreeNet.Carleton is part of the University, and that the
    members of the Freenet are somehow associated with the University. NCF
    (National Capital Freenet) only uses the University's computer system, and
    it's pipes to the Internet.

    Some of the members of the National Capital Freenet are all over the world.
    Some of them Telnet in, like me. You know Telnet. That old and slow (like your
    car... I'm just kidding!) Internet system, which still works well (like
    your car).

    I answered that in the other my other response... and my optic nerve gave
    me a bad headache when I re-read it... damn transpositions, et al..


    Now you're getting political! Get back on your bearings (I'm just
    kidding!)... people want to know more of your observations and conclusions
    (re your high mileage rear wheel bearings). Well I assume they do... maybe
    it's just me.

    Non. Je ne parle pas francais... entre autres (et al.).

    I would disagree a little bit. There are a few extremely bright
    people in the government. It's the system... but waddya gonna do.

    [I end with an antique cliche... hey, isn't that a french in word there,
    and its missing the proper accent, damn english keyboard.]

    M.A. Stewart, Sep 16, 2007

  11. I have to commend you drive to keep, (Well, let's face it), a rolling
    rust bucket on the road. I just hope that the structural integrity of
    the body merits all that effort. My old '76 Civic rusted out from under
    me at 160K back in the mid 1980's. Mechanically, it was nearly perfect!



    (Who will hopefully never have to return to the rust belt)
    Grumpy AuContraire, Sep 16, 2007
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    Tegger Guest

    Me too. There are parts of the body I only get to inspect at greatly
    dilated intervals, like the windshield pinchweld. I just hope those are

    Everything I CAN see is fine, with no rust. Or if there is any, I catch
    it in time to get rid of it before it becomes irreversible.

    The '70s were bad for rust for just about everybody, especially Honda.

    I wish I didn't have to live here.

    Consumer Reports just now has an issue out on how to keep your car going
    more than 200K miles. They illustrate the article with some anecdotes
    from people with examples of high-mileage vehicles. I noticed all of
    them are from low-rust areas.

    I almost want to write to CR and point out that living in the Northeast
    makes 200K miles difficult to attain for the simple reason of rust. They
    don't mention rust anywhere.
    Tegger, Sep 18, 2007

  13. My discover that my ol' Honda was no longer safe to drive is when I
    could bend by hand the brackets that held the rear suspension together.

    I quickly retired the car and bought a $300 Gremlin that lasted over
    five years but the mileage (mpg) sucked compared to the Honda. That ol'
    AMC 258 2bbl in line six really had great performance though..

    Grumpy AuContraire, Sep 18, 2007
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