VW, AUDI, SKODA, SEAT Front Wheel Bearing

Published on September 30, 2018

In this video I show you how to, remove and fit a 72mm wheel bearing hub flange fitted to a Skoda Fabia Mk1 which is similar to some other VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda models.

Skill & experience level needed: V high (precision needed )

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A long bar was used to release the initial fusion tension between the wheel bearing and housing with the tool, but do not use this when installing the new bearing as the more controlled use of a standard wrench slowly and surely should be used .

Coat the wheel bearing housing bore with molykote grease

Do not tilt the wheel bearing while inserting, keep it perfectly straight and inline with the hub bore. This is the hardest thing to do and will take patience and gentle pressure.

I found I needed to tap the bearing around evenly for quite a while until the bearing found it’s path and I was confident the pulling tool would drive the bearing home.

Pull the bearing into the bearing hub housing until the bearing meets the inner shoulder and the metal ring circlip is heard to click into position

Do not grease the lock-nut thread on the drive shaft.

Grease the propeller shaft spine only with polycarbamide grease

take your time; this is a precision job not for the faint hearted.

Below is a guide only to the manufacturers recommended tightening torque settings for this specific Skoda Fabia car, please check your own car’s specific settings:

Skoda Fabia 1.9 TDI Mk1 72mm bearing

Cover plate to wheel-bearing housing – 10 Nm
Phillips head screw holding brake disc to wheel hub – 4 Nm

Do not grease thread of the outer joint of the drive shaft – 50 Nm initial.
Use a new twelve-point nut for the drive shaft to wheel hub.

It is recommended NOT TO GREASE THE THREAD OF THE OUTER DRIVE SHAFT when applying a new nut only

Twelve point outer drive shaft nut – 50 Nm + 45° with power-assisted steering. Re-check after approx. 100 miles
New locking nut for track rod end to steering arm – 20 Nm + 90°
bottom ball joint to bottom wishbone – Use new bolts and lock washer – 20 Nm + 90°
FS-II brake caliper to wheel bearing housing – 25 Nm
FS-III brake caliper to wheel bearing housing – 28 Nm

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