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Reassembly

Putting it all back together is the opposite of how it all came apart.
  1. Install the freshly greased outer bearing. Be sure to put some grease on the surface it will ride on in the inside of the rotor and the spindle as well.

  2. Install the grease seal. If you have a new one be sure to inspect it prior to installation. I put a bead of grease on the surface that the seal will be seated onto. This helps ensure that there will be no leakage around the seal. Also put some grease on the rubber surface of the seal. Use a block of wood and a hammer to tap the seal in. Set the seal in place and tap around to evenly set the seal.

  3. Install the rotor onto the spindle. You will feel a slight pop when the seal goes to its resting spot on the spindle. You may even hear it seat.

  4. Work some grease on the bearing surface where the outer bearing will go.

  5. Install the freshly greased outer bearing.

  6. Install the washer. Remember the slot on the washer goes in the groove on the spindle.

  7. Install the nut. Every time the wheel hub is removed, the wheel bearings must be adjusted. Turn the hub slowly to seat the bearings while tightening the spindle nut until the hub will no longer turn by hand (about 25 ft/lb). Loosen the spindle nut so it may be turned by hand. Tighten nut finger tight then loosen to first hub slot allowing alignment. Install cotter pin. NOTE: Do not move hub during this step. The spindle nut and hub should be free to move with the cotter pin being the only restraint. I put grease on the threads - just because. With the nut tight, a slot should be over the hole where the cotter pin goes through. If the hole is not visible, back off the nut NO NORE THAN 1 FLAT or until the hole is visible. This is important because the rotor must not be too tight or too loose.

  8. Install the cotter pin with the longer side facing towards you. Note: It is best to replace the cotter pin with a brand new one. 

  9. Bend the longer side of the cotter pin over the top of the spindle and nut.

  10. Bend the shorter side of the cotter pin into and towards the outer bearing.

  11. Check that the rotor doesn't "clunk" when you push and pull on it.

  12. Check that the rotor turns freely forward and back.

  13. Replace the dust cap by tapping it into place with the block of wood and hammer.

  14. Do the other wheels.

  15. Crack open a beer - you deserve it. You did a good job.



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