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post #1 of 3 Old 06-16-2014, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Wheel bearing replacement procedure

I got a PM today asking about the procedure on a Wee. Here is the answer.

The four machined slots that mate to the speedo sensor are part of the wheel casting. The bearing there presses out like all the others. To see if the bearings are okay, support the bike with the wheel off the ground. With a finger in the axle, spin the wheel. If you can feel a rumble, replace the bearings. The best instruction I've seen is at Installing wheel bearings - How to

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If you can feel a rumble, replace the bearings.
I'd suggest even less than a rumble. The slightest roughness or notchiness means that the bearings are living on borrowed time. Red rust dust coming out of the internals of the bearing is another sign that the bearings are near failure, or any looseness including a side-to-side wobble. Pry the brake pads away from the disc so they don't touch, and use that finger on the axle hunting for any slight roughness.

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If you need to remove the bearings on the cheap I ordered one of these at my local dealer and used a large flathead screwdriver.
Amazon.com: Motion Pro Bearing Remover Set - 20mm 08-0266: Automotive

Worked perfectly on all 4 bearings and didn't slip once. The carrier bearing is simple enough to remove/install without any special tools.

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