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Wheel bearing change.

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by Rolf68, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Rolf68

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    Hello folks, here I am again for another question :p

    I had my suspensions changed last monday. I swapped the leaking original Bilstein for some custom built Nitron ClubSport. Everything is ok, but now the weird rolling noise that I had a month ago and that disapeared is back. At first we thought it was related to the transmission, but now I'm started to think it's more the wheel bearings.

    Anyway, I found out the original roadster wheel bearings are the SKF VKBA 3651 (https://www.amazon.de/SKF-VKBA3651-VKBA-3651-Radlagersatz/dp/B00AJU0Q0A)

    I ordered a couple of those, but I'd like to know if there are any DIY tutorial around explaining how to change them.

    I found this on a Lotus Elise forum, any hint if the procedure is the same ?

    Replace wheel bearings - TechWiki

    Thanks and have a nice day :)
     
  2. MLAUTO

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    Yes, its the same as the Lotus, fairly easy.
     
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  3. Rolf68

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    Great; thanks a lot :)

    MLAUTO, are you a roadster mechanic wizard or something like that? You seem to know this car in deep details :eek:

    Kudos to you ;)
     
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    I've nominated him for MVP of the Roadster forum multiple years in a row.:)
     
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    He'll have my vote :)
     
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    I found this great video on youtube. This guys explains very well how to do the change on a Lotus Elise, but I'm sure it's the same on the roadster.



    He made plenty of other interesting videos that could be usefull for use.
     
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    Wonder if this would fit

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    I got the wheel bearing on the link fro Rolf today and got it installed tonight. Perfect fit! brilliant!
     
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    is the one to get with or without wheel speed sensor?
     
  11. Rolf68

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    Hello,

    The one you can order with the link has an ABS sensor integrated
     
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    Ok thanks I just ordered from Germany. It is much cheaper to get the SKF bearing there than locally here.
     
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    jim,

    would you tell us your source (a link perhaps)?

    thank you!

    holger
     
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    If you are in germany you can use the link in the first post. I am in the states, so I had to use a vendor that would ship internationally.

    Radlagersatz - SKF VKBA 3651 | eBay
     
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    I just wanted to confirm that this is the appropriate part for the roadster wheel bearing. I am going to order this in the next couple of days. I was just asking because I read on a facebook post that the part is suppose to have 4 bolts. Can anyone confirm? Thanks.
     
  17. Rolf68

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    There are only three bolts attaching the wheel bearing to the roadster. I know because I had a very hard time removing them :p

    The bolts are located in the picture by the 2 arrows and the dot (it's not visible because the extracting tool masks it, so I just marked the place with a ring). You have to unscrew them from behind.

    Best regards

    roulement3.jpg
     
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  18. Vip

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    Stupid question but are the front and rear wheel bearings the same or different?
     
  19. Rolf68

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    The same. The front are easier to remove because there is no axle going throught them.

    Kind regards
     
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  20. Vip

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    Thanks guys. I will be changing out both rear bearings myself so can you guys let me know any special tools I will require to change this out myself.
    FYI Tesla wanted $1000 to do this.
     

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