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Installing new bearings and race on 97 tacoma, left side

Customer Question

Installing new bearings and race on 97 tacoma,
left side went on fine but the right side is very tight.
Right side seems to have a little edge like a bur ,what can i use to smooth the spindle?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  sarmiento22556 replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I will try to help you with your concern.

first is this a 2 or 4wd drive?

is this the front or rear bearings?

what are you experiencing that's tight? the races going on the spindle?

Expert:  sarmiento22556 replied 1 year ago.

were the bearings damaged, very noisy on the right side?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The vehicle is a 2wd and the problem is on the right front.
I have replace the races and once I try to install the outer bearing it will not slide onto the spindle.
Tried to slide the old bearing which will not slide on either.I am replacing brakes rotors ,bearings and races.
Seems to be a small bur this stopping the bearing from sliding onto the spindle.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No damage to old bearings
Expert:  sarmiento22556 replied 1 year ago.

ok thanks for the information.

very strange that there is a burr and no damaged to said bearings

you should be able to use a piece of emery cloth to sand the spindle to smooth out any burrs that might be present.

start with 80 grit and move to 180 if necessary.

sand until the race goes on smoothly

Expert:  sarmiento22556 replied 1 year ago.

do you have any more questions? I would really like to close out this question before the end of the month