[T3] Replacing Real Wheel Bearings

Adriel Rowley adriel_rowley at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 22 16:16:52 PDT 2011

> From: jadney at vwtype3.org
> To: type3 at vwtype3.org
> Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 15:23:09 -0500
> Subject: Re: [T3] Replacing Real Wheel Bearings
> On 22 Jul 2011 at 6:48, Doug Brashear wrote:
> > - is it possible to replace the rear wheel bearings (e.g. at least the outer
> > roller bearing) without removing the CVs, drive shafts and stub axles?
> Yes, it's possible, but any work back there is more trouble than it's
> worth. I've never seen one of those bearings fail. VW recommended
> repacking those bearings every 30,000 (or was it 60,000) miles, and I
> don't even do that. There's no reason to replace a bearing that's
> still good. Most of them outlast the cars.
On mine, the cages were shredded/torn.  Figured better to replace them 
then have to go back in and do it later, especially because I did not 
know their history of them.  Now I know for sure it will last a long 
time, especially if kept greased. ;)

Thank you,

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