Is it reasonable for me to maintenance my 92 Pathfinder 4x4 front bearings?
I am a weekend warrior competent enough to replace brakes, hoses,
alternators. With the manual at my side and decent set of tools, is this a
hard job for the novice on the 92 Pathy?
Also, these bearings have not been maintenanced before (car has 92k on it).
The driving is 99% road/hwy. Should I expect damage? If I see pitted
bearings, what happens if I lube them back up and continue using them? I
only ask this b/c back when I drove a VW I did this all the time and
nothing really happened. Was it luck? I guess I should look up prices to
replace with new before asking this, but my guess is new bearings/races
would run $100.
Thanks for any and all advice- this group is very helpful!
I just recently did mine. If there is grease still in there, then you are in
luck. Clean all the parts with brake cleaner or solvent like gasoline, towel
them dry, then repack them with heavy duty lithium or marine grade grease. I
prefer marine grease.
if there pitted, i'd replace them, wheel bearings usually arent too pricey,
id guess around $30.00 total per side for both bearings and races. thats
about what it was when i last did the task on a different make and model.
Ive never done it on a pathfinder though so im not sure of price. that
reminds me, i really should check my pathfinder wheel bearings also. could
check autozone.com for aftermarket prices to at least get an idea of cost.
I took the front hubs off and removed the bearings to replace the upper ball
joints on my 1995 4WD Pathy. The only "trick" I saw was that the service
manual calls out a low torque value for the bearing holder (a ring with
several holes around the diameter to grip it), and the hub is supposed to
just turn at some low foot-pound force. I made a two-pronged tool to fit in
the bearing holder holes for proper torquing , and used a scale for the
foot-pound force on the hub. Seemed like a lot of work, especially after a
Nissan dealer wrench said he always just did the job "by feel". Now he had
30+ years of experience. This was the first time I took the front hubs
apart so I tired to be as careful as possible. When I was done, I had the
front end aligned, and I've put about 20k miles on the vehicle with no
I'm guessing that if you don't have 4WD, the job should be a whole lot
easier?? I'm NOT trying to scare you away from the job. I'm just relating
my anecdotal experience.
Manjo 1995 SE Pathfinder
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