How to Remove Wheel Bearing Hubs on a Toyota Celica 1.6L

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The rear suspension on a Toyota Celica equipped with a 1.6L engine uses a rear hub to allow the rear wheels to turn. These hubs have a bearing that allow the rotation to happen. When the bearing starts to seize up, then the rear wheels won't rotate, and that could cause the wheel to lock up. Before that happens, you need to remove the rear wheel bearing hubs from the car, which should take about an hour.

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Things you need

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Tire iron
  • Wheel chocks
  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • J hook
  • Open-end wrench set
  • 2-armed bearing puller
  • Hammer
  • Pointed chisel
  • Bench vice

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  1. 1

    Loosen the rear wheel lugs using the tire iron, then put the wheel chocks around the front wheels. Lift up the rear of the Celica with the jack and put jack stands underneath the rear cross member. Remove the rear wheels with the tire iron.

  2. 2

    Unbolt the brake caliper from the knuckle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket, then hang the caliper on the strut with the J hook. Pull the rotor off of the hub.

  3. 3

    Unbolt the lower control arm from the rear knuckle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench. Unbolt the strut from the knuckle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket and an open-end wrench, then pull the knuckle off of the car.

  4. 4

    Mount the knuckle in the bench vice. Remove the stake -- the dented portion -- on the hub nut using the hammer and pointed chisel. Unbolt the hub nut from the knuckle with the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket.

  5. 5

    Pull off the bearing race from the hub using the 2-armed puller.

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