How To Install A Front Hub & Bearing Assembly On A Caravan
Here is another great set of instructions for the do-it-yourselfers out there. These instructions came from a 1992 Dodge Caravan, however, they will work on Caravan, Voyager, Grand Voyager, Grand Caravan, and many other Chrysler products.
This hub and bearing assembly are being used on certain Caravan, Voyager, and Mini Ram Vans. This unit is serviced as a complete assembly and is attached to the steering knuckle by four mounting screws that are removed from the rear of the knuckle assembly.
Remove cotter pin, nut lock, and spring washer.
Loosen hub nut while the vehicle is on the floor with the brakes applied. The hub and drive shaft are splined together through the knuckle (bearing) and retained by the hub nut.
Remove hub nut, washer, and wheel and tire assembly.
Disconnect tie rod end from steering arm.
Remove clamp bolt securing ball joint stud into steering knuckle.
Remove caliper guide pins and separate caliper assembly from braking disc. SUPPORT CALIPER WITH WIRE HOOK AND NOT BY HYDRAULIC HOSE. Remove brake rotor.
Separate ball joint stud from knuckle assembly. Pull knuckle assembly out and away from the drive shaft. NOTE: Care must be taken not to separate the Inner C/V joint during this operation. Do not allow the drive shaft to hang by inner C/V joint, drive shaft must be supported.
Remove the four hub and bearing assembly mounting screws from rear of the steering knuckle.
Remove hub and bearing assembly. Replacement of the grease seal is recommended whenever this service is performed.
Install new hub and bearing assembly and tighten screws in a criss-cross pattern to 45 foot-pounds. CAUTION: Knuckle and bearing mounting surfaces must be smooth and completely free of foreign material or nicks.
Position new seal in recess.
Assemble tool and install the seal. CAUTION: During any service procedures where knuckle and drive shaft are separated, thoroughly clean seal and wear sleeve and relubricate BOTH components.
Lubricate the full circumference of the seal (and wear sleeve) with Multi-Purpose Lubricant.
Install drive shaft through hub, then install steering knuckle assembly on the lower control arm ball joint stud.
Install original (or equivalent) ball joint to knuckle clamp bolt, torque to 70 foot-pounds.
Install tie rod end into steering arm, tighten the nut to 35 foot-pounds torque and install cotter key.
Install brake rotor.
Carefully lower caliper over braking disc and guide hold-down spring under machined abutment on knuckle assembly. Install guide pins and tighten to 18-26 foot-pounds. When installing guide pins, use extreme caution not to cross the threads or to overtighten as you can break these bolts.
Install washer and hub nut after cleaning foreign matter from threads.
With brakes applied, tighten the nut to 180 foot-pounds
DO NOT USE AN IMPACT WRENCH/GUN TO TIGHTEN THE AXLE NUT, THIS CAN DESTROY THE BEARING AND IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF PREMATURE FAILURE.
Install spring washer, nut lock, and new cotter pin. Wrap cotter pin prongs tightly around nut lock.
Install wheel and tire assembly. Tighten wheel nuts to 85 foot-pounds.