I can advise, pressure and heat together. The hub has to be expanded. Just
done a Nova front which has been in for 16 years, took a 25 Ton toe jack and
butane blow torch. After about 5 minutes of heat and constant load the
bearing just popped out.............The bearing would not move with 25 ton
In a pinch I have used a heat gun to help warm things up a bit. It has
worked for me a couple of times.
This is when I did not want to use the blue wrench. I just have to refill
my tanks. ;-)
Are the rear bearings that hard to do? I have done a rear wheel bearing in
a 1990 Audi V8 (IIRC) and don't remember it being that bad.
Did you use some Rust Penetrant?
not sure why op did not want heat, all the braking parts get hot when the
brakes are applied in normal use. A little extra heat does no damage it just
eases the removal. Bearing must be tight in the hub because with normal
running heat the hub expands but should not increase in diameter whereby the
bearing becomes loose even though retained by c'clips.
I have never had that much problem with any bearings I have removed for the
last forty years!
Strangest looking rear assembly that holds the bearings too.
Looks like it was designed by someone that was fascinated by chicken parts.
I have been trying out that Harbor Freight Front Wheel Bearing tool. So far
it works for me for front wheel bearings, but the 20 ton press is faster. I
don't think I have done many rear wheel bearing that require heavy duty
Front suspensions are interesting on the A4s too!
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