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Replace the rear wheel bearings on a 1998 oldsmobile intrigue

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how do you replace the rear wheel bearings on a 1998 oldsmobile intrigue
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 9 years ago.

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Removal & Installation

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.

  2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.

  3. Remove the rear caliper and bracket. Please see Section 9.

  4. Disconnect the ABS harness and detach the electrical connector.

  5. Remove the four rear hub-to-knuckle bolts.

  6. Separate the hub from the knuckle.

The rear wheel bearing is built into the hub and, if defective, the entire hub assembly is replaced

The rear wheel bearing is built into the hub and, if defective, the entire hub assembly is replaced

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To install:

  1. Install the rear hub and bearing assembly to the knuckle and install the retaining holts. Torque to 55 ft. lbs. (75 Nm).

  2. Install the ABS harness and attach the electrical connector.

  3. Install the caliper bracket and the caliper. Please see Section 9.

  4. Install the wheel and tire assembly.

  5. Lower the vehicle.

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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to OnlineMechanic's Post: What is section 9?
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 9 years ago.

Section 9

  1. Using a suction gun, remove approximately 2/3 of the brake fluid from the master cylinder. The reason for this is that the caliper pistons must be pushed back into their bores so the caliper can be removed from the rotor. This could cause the brake fluid to overflow from the reservoir onto painted surfaces or wiring.

  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle on safety stands.

  3. Mark the relationship of the wheel to the hub so it can later be installed in the same relationship. This helps retain the balance of the rotating assembly.

  4. Remove the rear tire and wheel assembly. Install two wheel lug nuts to keep the rotor on the hub.

  5. Install a large C-clamp over the brake caliper and against the back of the outboard brake pad. Tighten the C-clamp until the brake caliper piston pushes into the brake caliper bore enough to slide the caliper off the rotor. Remove the C-clamp.

  6. Disconnect the brake line to the caliper. Plug the opening so all of the brake fluid does not drain from the master cylinder reservoir.

  7. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts

  8. Remove the caliper from the mounting bracket.

To install:

  1. Install the caliper upward in position. Use care not to damage the mounting bolt boots. Lubricate the mounting bolt and boot with silicone grease. Use care to keep grease off the mounting bolt threads to avoid having the mounting bolt loosen in service. Torque the mounting bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).

  2. Install the brake line to the caliper. Use new copper seal washers, if equipped. Torque the brake hose bolt to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).

  3. Install the tire and wheel assembly, aligning the balance marks made at removal.

  4. Lower the vehicle.

  5. Fill the master cylinder reservoir to the proper level using only fresh, clean DOT 3 brake fluid. Pump the brake pedal firmly (3/4 of a full stroke) as many times as necessary to push the piston back out into operating position, seat the linings and obtain a firm brake pedal.

  6. Bleed the brake system using the procedures found at the end of this section.