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how do i remove the rear wheel bearings on a 2002 Suzuki XL7

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how do i remove the rear wheel bearings on a 2002 Suzuki XL7 4-wheel drive?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Randall C replied 7 years ago.

Hello, I have put directions below. be advised, there are special tools involved. You will need a puller for axle, grinder, and most important a press to do the job. unsure what you have on hand or at your disposal


Rear Axle Shaft and Wheel Bearing Removal and Installation


  1. Remove rear brake drum (1).

  1. Drain gear oil from rear axle housing by loosening drain plug (1).

  1. Remove rear wheel bearing retainer nuts (1) from axle housing.

  1. Remove wheel speed sensor (1) from rear axle housing (if equipped with ABS). CAUTION:
    • Do not pull wire harness or twist more than necessary when removing rear wheel speed sensor.
    • Do not cause damage to surface of rear wheel speed sensor or pole piece and do not allow dust, etc. to enter its installation hole.

  1. Check to ensure that there is clearance between rear wheel bearing retainer (1) and parking brake shoe lever (2). If no clearance is found loosen cable locking nut further to obtain clearance (a)

  1. Using special tools, draw out axle shaft. NOTE: Use care not to pull brake back plate along with shaft. CAUTION: Pull out axle shaft using care so that upper and lower brake struts and parking cable are not caught. Special tool (B): 09942-15510 (C): 09943-35512
  2. Rear axle shaft that was drawn out.
  3. Remove circlip from axle shaft.

  1. In order to remove the retainer ring (1) from the shaft (3), grind with a grinder two parts (2) of the bearing retainer ring as illustrated till it becomes thin. CAUTION: Be careful not to grind too far not to damage the shaft.

  1. Break with a chisel (1) the thin ground retainer ring, and it can be removed.

  1. Remove wheel bearing (1) and bearing retainer (2) using special tools as shown in figure. Special tool (A): 09927-18411 (B): 09921-57810 NOTE: If inner race of wheel bearing is left in axle shaft, remove it from axle shaft with the same procedure as. CAUTION: Do not reuse wheel bearing.

  1. Remove stud bolt(s) (1) by using hydraulic press (2). Installation

  1. Aligning serrations between new stud bolt(s) (1) and flange (4), install new stud bolt(s) (1) by tightening nut (2) as shown in the figure.
  2. Install bearing retainer (5) to axle shaft.

  1. Press fit new wheel bearing (1) and new retainer ring (2) using press (3). NOTE:
    • Use care not to cause any damage to outside of retainer ring (2).
    • Seal side (4) of wheel bearing must face bearing retainer (5) side.
  1. Install circlip to axle shaft.

  1. Apply grease "A" to axle shaft inner oil seal lip as shown in the figure. "A": Grease 99000-25010

  1. Install rear axle shaft to rear axle housing and tighten bearing retainer nuts to specified torque. Rear axle shaft length "L" Left side: 700.5 mm (27.6 inch) Right side: 769.5 mm (30.3 inch) NOTE: When installing rear axle shaft, be careful not to cause damage to oil seal lip in axle housing. Tightening torque Bearing retainer nut (a): 50 Nm (5.0 kgf-m, 36.5 ft. lbs.)

  1. Tighten wheel speed sensor bolt to specified torque (if equipped with ABS). Tightening torque Wheel speed sensor bolt (b): 21 Nm (2.1 kgf-m, 15.5 ft. lbs.)
  2. Refill rear axle housing with new specified gear oil.
  3. Install brake drum.


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