I have a 58 coupe with in need of front bearing replacement. How can Itell which size (there are 2 different sizes for that year) I need withouttaking it apart and measuring the spindle? Also is there a preferred greasethat is used? Thanks. Tim.
Dear Timothy, The outer bearings are all the same size its the inner one that'sdifferent, and difference is on the spindle. Problem is that a 58 is kindaon the cusp of which you have. I would say that the odds are better than50/50 that you have the larger size. If you want to check remove the rightside wheel, its easier. If in the process you find it very hard to get thedrum to slide out, after backing off the shoes, chances are you have a smallspindle. The small one tends to grab onto the bearing and when you yank itoff its stays behind and also the seal. Some of these drum bearings over theyears have had ball bearings put in from the VW, they do fit. Replace itwith the roller type. Get a good grease from the auto parts store that israted for wheel bearings. Do not use high moly grease as the seal has a hardtime controlling these compounds and they tend to get past the seal.Sincerely,Alan,The Stable, San Francisco
Tim,The easiest way of telling if you have the early, small spindle or thelater, large spindle: After taking off the hub cap remove the dust cap atthe center of the brake drum. This is easiest done by laying a roundscrewdriver shaft or similar in the "groove" between the cup and drum andtapping w/ a hammer. With the dust cap off look to see what type of bearingretaining nut is on the spindle. A 27mm [1 1/16"] hex nut is used on theearly type; a split collar w/ an allen screw is used on the late type. Youshould check both sides because in repairing wreck damage, or other,someone may have replaced one spindle with the opposite type.Mike Robbins
At 08:56 4/8/01 -0700, Timothy Anglin wrote:
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