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Old 08-21-2009, 12:30 PM
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I try to rebuild front wheel bearing on Countach 25th and I try to find some information about it before beggining. Thanks for any information.

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Eric, you don't rebuild the front wheel bearings on a Countach, you have to replace them. The hard part of the job, is just getting the hub nut loose.
Been there and done that, took 2 of us to get it loose.

I have the bearings if you need them.
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I try to rebuild front wheel bearing on Countach 25th and I try to find some information about it before beggining. Thanks for any information.

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Hi Chad,

Thanks for you answer, for the parts no problem, I have them, just want to know if it needs special tools and how to put the hub out of the car, is it easy to remove the hub from the 3 ball joint?

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You will need the special RING nut socket. If you want to, you can do the job
without removing the hub from the car. I will tell you this, the ring nut is a REAL PAIN to remove. It took two of us to break it loose. I used a bar between several wheel nuts, this to keep the hub from turning. Then my helper was holding the ring nut socket, to keep it from slipping off of the nut.
I slipped a 3 foot bar over my pull bar that was on the socket. I then used a floor jack to apply enouth pressure to break the nut loose. Once the nut broke loose, it was no problem to remove.
If the bearing is bad and has allowed movement in the housing, you might destroy the seal while removing the hub, I did.
I replaced everything while I was there.
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Thanks for you answer, for the parts no problem, I have them, just want to know if it needs special tools and how to put the hub out of the car, is it easy to remove the hub from the 3 ball joint?

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I got my bearings from SKF they are standard "bearing program" -stuff.
(I have the number somewhere, but just go to SKF-dealer and they have both of them in stock)

THE nut is problem, not the bearings, DO NOT underestimate THE nut!

I used heat and cold, I used REALY big powertools, I did try two meter extension, conclusion? two broken tools! Third tool was good.

I did it so that; I took Dremel-like airtool http://lifesatrip.files.wordpress.co.../dremel500.jpg
And REALY carefully cut the "locks" and then used heat+cold, two meter bar and three men to open it, serios stuff!
Do not cut compleatly through "locks" only to make the weak. But my recomend is DO NOT start cuting first, only after you have broke several tools, last socket tool I made actually started to cut in the nut.

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I used a bar between several wheel nuts, this to keep the hub from turning.
I broke two wheelbolts as the just snap under force...

BTW: thread is normal
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and wait! there is more!!

Use heat and cold to get bearings out, this way you don't destroy hub it self.
When you put new bearigns back in, put bearings to freezer over night, warm up hub and make sure you have good press and right tools for the job.

After you have pressed bearigs to hub, put axel in freezer and heat for bearings to make axel go easy back in.

Remember hub is aluminium, don't destroy it!!
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Thanks Chad and Mickael82.
Mickael82>How did you got the hub out of the car? easy or not?
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Once, you get the ring nut off, the hub should just pull out.

Oh Yea, all this works SO MUCH better IF you have the SHOCK removed.

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I took hub out with suspension rods. Why? I am not particually interested to take hub ball joints out, I like to minimise chage for ball joint cone start spinnig.

Joint are not nesesary to take out from rods. (picture is not from bearing job)

For lower joint you take out "long bolt" from legroom, under the floormat. Nut for that is is behind spare wheel.

Upper joint is, well you find it, I am sure.
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Hi

I've done both fronts on my CT.
The job is pretty easy to do ............... ONCE you have got the center spindle nut loose.
I got one undone ok (just!) - but ended up drilling / cutting the other one as it just would not shift!
The nuts are readily available so it's not the end of the world if you end up doing the same.

I also only undone the top and bottom swivel joints, then lossened the track rod end, then rotated the hub - taking the track rod end off with the hub - just don't forget to count how many turns it was to remove it!!

Do let us all know how you got on.

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