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Jeep Wrangler Sport how do you replace the rear wheel bearings

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how do you replace the rear wheel bearings on an 02 jeep wrangler?

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is Denny; now let me see if I can help you with your Jeep question.

You have to pull the diff cover, pull the 5/16'' headed bolt that holds the spider cross shaft, push in on the axle; the c clip holding it will fall off, and you can then pull out the axle.

But I have to ask; why are you changing the outer axle bearings? They rarely go bad.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It's my son's jeep and it sounds like the bearing are making a noise. Some mechanics at the local dealer told him it was the rear bearings. Should I not mess with it?
If they said it was the rear bearing,, they probably meant the diff. bearing, that are replaced in a diff. overhaul. i would not mess with the axle bearing until you get the axle diagnosed with a stethoscope
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I don't think they used a stethoscope but they narrowed it down to the left rear axle bearinig. The Jeep has oversized tires, does this put a strain on the outer bearing? I don't want to overhaul the differential, is it something I need to worry about it breaking later?
I would get a second opinion; these bearings rarely go out. They support the weight; they are not effected by the size on the tires. We replace diff brg's and pinion bearings all the time, but not outer axle bearings
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