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What Tools are Required for Front Hub Bearing Repairs?

If your vehicle or a customer's vehicle needs front hub bearing repairs, you're going to need a number of tools to complete the job. Luckily, most of the tools aren't particularly specialized and should be in your shop already. One specialized tool you will need is a puller for the central hub bolt. This varies on cars, so be sure to have the right one. The make and model of the vehicle often determines what steps you will take to pull the hub and repack the bearings.

The following is a list of tools you need for front hub bearing repairs:

  • Wheel chocks -- if you are not putting the car or truck on a lift, you will need to keep the car you're working on stabilized so that it doesn't move during the operation. The wheel chocks go on the wheels not being serviced.
  • Jack -- if you are not putting the car or truck on a lift, you will need to raise the wheel that needs the hub bearings replaced.
  • Air gun with lug nut tool -- alternatively, you can use a standard lug nut wrench.
  • Socket and ratchet -- these are necessary for removing the brake caliper bolts and other miscellaneous hardware. Be sure to have the right sockets for the job.
  • Screwdriver -- used for loosening the brake caliper and anything that needs prying off.
  • Pliers and calipers -- used for removing dust cover, castle nut, and cotter pins.
  • Socket wrench and/or breaker bar -- to remove the hub bolts and old hub. This is usually a stickler if the hub is an older model.
  • Hammer -- good all purpose tool. Used to take apart the old hub to get inside to replace the bearings.
  • Wrench -- used to take apart the old hub to get inside to replace the bearings.
  • Central bolt puller -- many hubs require a special central bolt puller to remove the hub.
  • Rags -- you'll need lots of clean rags because there's usually a lot of grease everywhere inside.
  • Grease -- you'll need grease to lubricate the bearings inside the hub.
  • Torque wrench for installation of the hub bearing.