How to Replace a Front Wheel Bearing in Your Car
How to Replace a Front Wheel Bearing in Your Car


1, 2, 3, 4! Rev up your engines! [MUSIC PLAYING] It’s time for ScottyKilmer.com Today, due to
popular demand, I’m going to show how to
change wheel bearings on a front-wheel drive car. When you’re driving down the
road, and the faster you go, the louder your car roars, you
need new front-wheel bearings. It’s a greasy job so put
on a pair of these gloves, and you won’t ruin your hands. Then jack-up the car
and get ready to work. And be sure to put a jack stand
on so it doesn’t fall on you. Then take off the wheel. And then you have to take
the brake caliper off, take the bolt off, and
move it out of the way. Then take the caliper
mounting bolts off, and take the caliper
mount out of the way. Then take the pin off
of the drive shaft, put a socket on, and
take the nut off. Then you have to
remove the tie rod, so take that nut
off, and get your tie rod removing tool ready. And hammer it off. There it goes. Then you have to remove
the two bolts that hold the strut assembly in. There’s one. There’s two. Get a hammer and a screwdriver,
and tap the drive shaft out of the axle assembly. There it goes. Then the last step
to take off the axle is to remove the nut on
the lower ball joint, and remove that too. Then just pull the
whole thing off. Now here comes the hard part. The wheel bearing is
hiding inside here. As a professional mechanic,
I have a giant SIR set of tools to pull it out. They cost over $1,000,
so you might just take this to a
machine shop and have them press the old
bearing, or the new one in. But here’s how my tool works. The SIR tool kit
comes with this anvil, and you put the whole axle
assembly on top of it. Then you put a socket in
the hole and hammer it out. There, we’ve got
some of it off now. Then you get a pair
of snap ring pliers. Put the snap ring
pliers on the ring. You take the ring out. Now to get the
actual bearing out, the tools is inserted
into the axle assembly. You put a wrench on each
end and it forces it up. And out comes the
rest of the bearing. Then before you put
the new bearing in, put a little grease
on the outside edge so it slips in better
when you press it back on. With the pressing
[INAUDIBLE] tool engaged, just tighten it up to press
the bearing back in place. Then just bolt
everything back together and you’re ready to go. And in the case of this Toyota,
change the drive shaft too because it’s cracked. So you know how to
change a wheel bearing on a front-wheel drive car. And if you have any
car care questions, just go to ScottyKilmer.com,
and I’ll answer them all, free.

100 thoughts on “How to Replace a Front Wheel Bearing in Your Car”

  1. 305chevyboys p says:

    on chevy impala 03 why is my traction active come on what wrong?

  2. 305chevyboys p says:

    i found out what is was causing it the brake caliber

  3. Christopher Holt Jr says:

    i have an 03 ford explorer i was told my driver side front axel bearing has a flat spot in it so it goes thump thump thump once in awhile. how do i change this

  4. lv2keepfit 49 says:

    man! I want Scotty as my neighbour 🙂

  5. Irvin Cortez says:

    Hey Scotty! How long have you had that trusty red jack for? I've seen it in most of your videos, its a neat looking jack!

  6. Brandon Smith says:

    Hey scotty quick question, I'm currently replacing the bearings on my 1990 celica I ordered new hubs and bearings and I pressed them together with my press before pressing them into the knuckle, and I realized that the bearings dont have seals on them. Should I go ahead and put them on anyways or take a few steps back and get some with seals?

  7. Haiku Automation says:

    Dude, I love your videos, simple, to the point, concise, and for the most part very complete. Thank you for taking the time to put them together and make it available for shady tree boys like me.

  8. YungFLy Brown says:

    I'm having an issue no one can find, on my Nissan almera ,front right wheel ,when driving on ruff road you hear something shaking and making lots of noise but when I mash the brakes the noise goes instantly ,when in smooth road there is no noise only on ruff road , so please help me that's the only help I can give ,when I mash the brakes the noise goes

  9. Hardus Helm says:

    Dont you work grease through the bearing as well?

  10. spudth says:

    That was quick! looked like it needed a bearing, axle, and a ball joint too! wow!

  11. Auto Trend says:

    Hey @Scotty Kilmer i have a nissan sentra 1998, the car has a bad wheel bearing growls at speeds above 60mph but the car shakes when its reved high as soon you leave the gas shaking goes away, its not the steering wheel shaking its the dash and front end of the car shaking. Feels like engine wants to get out from the mounts.

  12. tips 4 truckers says:

    great video scotty.  however the pickle fork and crescent wrench made me cringe.  a better way to remove a ball joint is to loosen nut then hit the part of the knuckle or lca it is bolted into and it will come loose.  that way the boot doesn't get damaged.

  13. Roland Jacques says:

    Awesome video!!! Short, and fairly complete. (except for the speed sensor) I wish more "how to" videos were like yours great job.

  14. Mohammed Hwidy says:

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhh I like youuuuuu

  15. Juanita Velasquez says:

    I hear a popping when Im making a right turn and when I reach the speed of 55 my car starts to wobble almost uncontrollable on my 1994 kia Saphia

  16. MEHUL PARMAR says:

    Hello Scotty Kilmer,
    How you doing? Please help me to find out the problem for my Toyota wish 2006(4wd optional) after 40kmph humming noise is starting but it's gone as soon as I leave accelerator pedal. And one sound is coming when I turn the car. Please advice. Thanks

  17. Justin P says:

    Wow Scotty, you sure looked younger

  18. first last says:

    Hi Scotty, I changed the front wheel bearing for my 08 Ford Escape's passenger side then no more bearing noise but it still clicks when I make tight turns. The click noise comes from passenger side but the CV joint boot is in good condition. Does it mean the bearing is not good or the CV Joint is not good? Thanks!

  19. Mark Dalrymple says:

    you are a real champ scotty …thank you

  20. Davide Longatti says:

    ScottyYou are number 1 in the universe
    COMPLIMENT👍👍👍

  21. Nun Urbuisness says:

    hey yall I highly recommend spraying down everything first with liquid wrench it's the best penetrating oil I've ever used

  22. camper says:

    Hi scotty! Where can I get the anvil that you put knuckle on and hammer it?

  23. Luis Cortes says:

    Scotty,Do you have a video how to change whell studs on 98 Honda Accord LX?thank you 👋🏻

  24. Kashif R says:

    Hi,
    I have a question about my 2005 Toyota Sienna.
    One of the local mechanic replace the front bearings. After the replacement the wheel steering wobble or vibrate between speed 60-80. It is not constant all the time on any particular number. But when it start to vibrate, I slow down the speed a little and speed up, and seems fine. I have brand new wheels on my van before the bearing replacement, but after this problem I went to redo the balancing, but the problem still exist.
    Do you have any clue what might be the problem.

    Thank you,

  25. Jason says:

    I'd be left with a car and a bunch of parts in my hand trying to figure out what goes where.
    Auto mechanics is not taught in as many schools as it use to be. So each generation know less and less about even simple things about cars. Like checking fluids and tire pressures. Cars get smarter…people get dumber.

  26. Jason says:

    I wonder if self-driving cars will drive themselves to the car wash and mechinics? Every three months you see your car dive away and come back with the tires rotated, the oil changed, and all clean.
    Or if your car is three months over due for payments. To car just drive back to the car lot.

  27. Nick J says:

    That job looked like a real pain in the ass, there was shit all over the ground

  28. trankt54155 says:

    Scotty, Scotty………if only it is that easy. Even with professional tools it is still not that easy.

  29. smithdsmit hendrix91870 says:

    this has nothing to do with a drive axle.I have a 2008 toyota corolla 5 speed with 100,000 miles all gears shift pretty smoothly.But going from second to 3rd.it is slightly noisier then the other gears.Is it nothing to worry about or could I have a problem?.When I shift from 3rd to second it is just as quet as the other gears.it's just is a little noisier from2nd to third.Its not a grinding noise.it just isn't quite as smooth as the other shifts.Most would barely notice it.but I'm a worry wart

  30. Robert Utley says:

    how do u tell witch side pull when drive on cv joint

  31. Damion Hooper says:

    Where are your glasses ?

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  33. Franklin Venneers says:

    dude your axle fell apart o~o

  34. Engr Hasan says:

    good & nice job

  35. SilverDollarSaloon says:

    Scotty-It looks like the Rack in Pinion Outer Boot is torn apart-Your next video on Boot replacement.

  36. SilverDollarSaloon says:

    I think a Hydraulic bench press may also work on taking out Bearings and Races.

  37. Jarrett Williams says:

    Heart surgery looks easier

  38. Thomas Murphy says:

    Scotty – you got the bearing in and out… but you skipped putting the wheel hub into the bearing before installing the knuckle assembly back onto the frame…. can you instruct how to press that wheel hub into the bearing before putting the knuckle back?

  39. Vito D says:

    lol, my tool cost over a 1000$ dollars, lol what a bull shit you are…. ebay has wheel bearing puller for $50…. what a show off.

  40. Charlie Wolf says:

    Brother, you make these repairs look easy. I need to be medicated before I work on my vehicles. Oh the pain. I never carry out repairs sober. Its like hunting or fishing… sober.

  41. Mickey Flowers says:

    Scotty, great video. Can a bearing be removed without damaging it? My mechanic put a Honda front wheel bearing in backwards. Now my ABS sensor isn't working on that wheel. I don't want to buy another bearing if that one can be reused. What do you think?

  42. Johno Vegas says:

    scotty, you kept the lower ball joint in place, but removed the 3 bolts below?? you said remove move the ball joint from the knuckle with the pickle fork.

  43. Johno Vegas says:

    that tail gate drop was classic. both the cables were snapped, and the tailgate hits the bumper.

  44. Thom says:

    Scotty, What is the name of the tool tat you used to extract the bearing?

  45. nicholas Newberry says:

    How much does a job like this usually cost if I’ve got all the parts?

  46. KF Zach says:

    He makes it look way to easy

  47. m k says:

    Many points tips and advices missing, don't know why you failed to mention those though!

  48. GUN TIMES says:

    Great video, but the way you just let all the hardware fall over the place upsets my ocd. 😉😉

  49. Patrick McNamara says:

    And be sure to do this at 11 o'clock at night so I cannot sleep :))

  50. Sheddy Hansson says:

    were can i buy the wheel bearing tool, you use?!

  51. Alayshia Williams says:

    I can feel grinding through my brake pedal when coming to a stop. What could this be?? Please HELP!

  52. Radman SA says:

    Good work, where did u get the neat bearing tools, or did you make them yourself?

  53. smithdsmit hendrix91870 says:

    do they make any pre assembled replacement wheelbearings for toyota that just bolt on

  54. Joe schmoe says:

    I don't want anyone hammering my wheel bearings in with a impact

  55. ThrashForceOne says:

    Hey Scotty! I replaced the right front bearing since there was the characteristic humming noise when turning left, but the noise still remains in left turns. What else could cause this?

  56. Jeffrey Nelson says:

    Scotty: I have a 1960 Cadillac and the front wheel bearings are beginning to fail. I would like to replace them but all of the bearings that I have seen are made in China. Are any bearings still made in the USA?

  57. Donaven Naidoo says:

    Hi, Scotty.. Once again, great video with changing wheel bearing job, and showing how to remove the wheel bearing out from front left wheel hub. Are you doing a video, how to replace or remove a motor vehicle alternator bearing that makes a noise in morning start up of car engine.

  58. Old Iron says:

    Does Scotty have a video where he uses a hydraulic press to remove the bearing?

  59. lil nookie says:

    hey Scott I'm replacing this exact same part of my brother's 2003 Kia what do you think I should charge him or what would a job like this cost at a shop thank you

  60. A squished grape says:

    You must not care about losing nuts and bolts

  61. Siddineni Sai Gopal says:

    I have problem in my car
    That when i was driving my car im getting some sounds like flight moving sounds or like grinding sound from the front left side can u please tell me what is the problem….. Thanking you…..

  62. leonard drone view says:

    Can they vibrate on the highway

  63. Je He says:

    Didn't show to check for the magnetic side that goes to the side that the sensor is on, usually.

  64. Joshua Myers says:

    If one of my wheel bearings needs replacement, should I replace the other as well?

  65. Chester Willger says:

    WOW! No stumbling around No BS info! fast and to the point! Love it!!!

  66. Edgar Alvarez says:

    I am changing the wheel hub assembly on my 2003 chrysler town and country but only got half of it off the half with bearings is stuck on there have no clue how to get it off ….

  67. Chintan Patel says:

    It's 2018 and this guy is still in a hurry! Nice!

  68. Miss. Wright says:

    How come my dewalt compressor/ campbell hausfeld impact wrench won't even tickle my nuts ?

  69. Cj Oakman says:

    Congrats on your Golden Play Button Scotty! Love your videos and have watched….almost all of them…lol. I'm working on a friend's 2005 Highlander. She needed front wheel bearings, so I ordered her new bearings and hubs and had them all pressed together at a local machine shop. When I got them back, the bearings had been pressed just a tad too far. The outer part of the bearing was stopped by the snap ring, but the inner part was actually flush with the snap ring. For example, if I had to take the snap ring out, I couldn't, because the inner part of the bearing is in the way. I hope that makes sense, I suck at explaining things. Anyway, I was able to get one bearing all good and moved back to where it's supposed to be (drivers side), but the passenger side got all screwy when I tried knocking the bearing back to where it was supposed to be. Now, the outer part is still up against the snap ring, then I can see a rubber seal of some kind, then the next section of bearing is knocked in too far (about1/4"), then the innermost section of bearing (that the hub WAS pressed into) is right where it's supposed to be. So basically, 2/3 of the bearing is in the right spot, but the middle section is in about 1/4". Also, the hub came out along with the race when I was trying to knock the bearing back in position. Seems like that hub came out awfully easy….idk. I wish I could post pics. I want to just order another new bearing and have it pressed in again, but problem is time. That would take another week and she needs her vehicle….UGHH!! So do you think this bearing is ruined or can it be used again? I love doing favors for free! Always….and I mean ALWAYS works out this way and I end up being the bad guy somehow! Also, when I got the hub and knuckle assemblies back from the machine shop and they were ready (I thought) to be put on, I noticed that when I grabbed the hub and moved it to check for "wiggle", they both had some play. Not much, but they did wiggle a bit. Is this normal for these Toyotas? Thanks in advance to anyone that may be of help!

  70. Ford Fanatic the moon landing was real says:

    Scotty could do this with his eyes closed. Hes quick!

  71. brianjirish says:

    Just curious….. How many psi is your air gun pushing out?

  72. Ortus Semper Fi says:

    So simple. 3 minutes and 45 seconds per side…. yeah, OK.

  73. Paul Thompson says:

    I don't think the wheel bearing was the issue. Maybe only having one lug nut holding the wheel on was the problem😂

  74. Jemal Temam says:

    You make it look so simple

  75. daniel says:

    I replaced both the wheel bearing (whole hub assembly's) on the front of my car, old ones were bad one even fell apart and had to be pryed out. The new ones got installed and it's still making the grinding noise as if they are bad, any ideas?brakes are fine. Any help, helps

  76. Victor Gomez says:

    hi sr good nigth i have a question My expedition make a humming noise when i deppresed the accelerator any clue its a2003 expedition eddie bouer 2 wd

  77. The BlackBox Pocast show says:

    scotty I hear a humming sound from my front end of my 2014 Camaro SS , The tires are Pirelli winter tires and I'm not sure if it's the tires being on the car for a while , because I recently bought the car and I don't know how long these tires and been on , I replaced the rear tires a few weeks ago and I'm hoping it just needs new tires , what do you think ?

  78. Danny Digeloromo says:

    You saved me $thousands of dollars by me watching all your videos

  79. Robert DeMaio says:

    Never had any problems with this

  80. Bruce Moyo says:

    Damn scotty look young

  81. TWeK Racing says:

    I’m trying to find the metrics for how hard to fasten my front wheel bearings bolts. It for a Mazda mx5 nb(fl) 2005 1,8 sport?

  82. edgar gomez says:

    What gun compressor did you use ??

  83. adam hall says:

    Lol looks a little trickyer than i was expecting might need to g up somone that knows what there doing good to have a general idea tho

  84. david roberts says:

    best bearings to use for replacing my matrix08 front wheel bearins, other then run of the mill parts store

  85. Frankie Bleddyn says:

    I have never been able to do work like that in just 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The man has skills. But he pointed out a rather looming problem that you will see over the years he produces these videos…specialty tools and many of them are specific to the type of vehicle you own. Do you have a DIY short list for tools Scotty? Never mind, you list the tools for every DIY job you do for us. Well jeez…could you make it any easier?

  86. Daniel Tigges says:

    Damn dude! You got some good videos, no BS no extra talk, no wasted time!! Love it!

  87. gerard says:

    Thank you..

  88. Tracy Harris says:

    I have shop press but the wheel hub still does not come out I think it has melted. What can I do?

  89. PhenomRon says:

    My daughter said I have never seen his eyes before lol

  90. Diego González says:

    Scooty makes it look so easy and simple. I bet that if i did it, it would take me half a day, at least!😅

  91. Shane Travis says:

    At least your easy to follow unlike some of these mupits 😁

  92. Glenn Garner says:

    God that's too much work why

  93. Randy Robison says:

    It’s videos like this that really shows off his experience.

  94. Bob Smith says:

    Scotty man, these mechanics are saying it'll cost $800.00 for a wheel bearing. Man I hope I can do this myself. I don't have much of the tools needed.

  95. Elizabeth Jones says:

    Why does he make it look so easy…??
    It's taken me over three months to figure out why my front end is smoking up, turns out I have no boots, I don't know how the cyclone did it but there completely gone…

  96. Dan TheMan says:

    Dude your the best!

  97. J v says:

    ya make it look easy ..great job !!

  98. Only Truth Now says:

    Did you replace the hub itself? It looked like you just change the bearing. About to do this myself and don't want to change the hub. Is it necessary to?

  99. samurai1833 says:

    That's way more involved than the rear! No wonder it's a $150+ labor job. Thanks!

  100. Suresh Parekh says:

    What is SIR set, where I can buy? Its really cost $1000?

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