Rear hub bearings - adjustment

Note: A new hub nut split-pin must be used on refitting.

1 Raise and support the rear of the vehicle on stands. Release the handbrake.

2 This adjustment will normally only be required if, when the top and bottom of the roadwheel are gripped and “rocked” excessive movement can be detected in the bearings. Slight movement is essential.

3 Remove the roadwheel. Using a hammer and cold chisel, tap off the dust cap from the end of the hub.

4 Extract the split pin and take off the nut retainer.

5 Tighten the hub nut to a torque of between 20 and 25 Nm (15 and 18 lbf ft), at the same time rotating the brake drum in an anticlockwise direction.

6 Unscrew the nut one half a turn and then tighten it only finger tight.

7 Fit the nut retainer so that two of its slots line up with the split pin hole. Insert a new split pin, bending the end around the nut, not over the end of the stub axle.

8 Tap the dust cap into position.

9 Recheck the play as described in paragraph 2.

A fractional amount of wheel movement must be present.

10 Repeat the operations on the opposite hub, refit the roadwheels and lower the vehicle to the floor.

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