[T3] Replacing Real Wheel Bearings

Dave Hall dave at hallvw.clara.co.uk
Sat Jul 23 02:48:56 PDT 2011

Just a little to add, the CV joints do benefit from cleaning and regreasing,
particularly the outer which tends to dry up from the heat of the brakes.
When you remove them, bear in mind that the balls should be kept with the
same CV joint as they may differ slightly one from another.  You can do a
decent job without dismantling them.  Use the black Molybdenum disulphide
grease (MoS2).  If you take the joint apart, make sure that when you get it
back together it swivels OK, as it's possible to reassemble it 'locked'.

UK VW Type 3&4 Club

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Sent: 22 July 2011 14:49
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Subject: [T3] Replacing Real Wheel Bearings

Hello all,

I've been doing more of the rework on my '73 Fasty recently...I'm done with
the major elements of the front end, and have now moved to the rear. What
I'm wondering is:

- 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?

- does removing the CVs and axle merely involve undoing all the 6mm allen
bolts and removing the assemblies? Or do I need to remove the transmission,
and then all of this stuff from the car to do so? 

I was thinking it would be good to replace both the outer roller bearings
and inner ball bearings, as well as regrease the CVs (they're fine
otherwise), but want to make sure I allocate enough time to get the job

Thanks in advance!

- Doug
73 Fasty
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