Sooner or later, all wheel bearings will need to be replaced, and now is the time to learn how to replace the front wheel bearings 2000 Nissan Altima. Replacing the wheel bearings yourself can save you several hundred bucks, even after the cost of the specialized tool you will need. With a little patience and a few hours, you can replace the front wheel bearings on a 2000 Nissan Altima yourself.
To replace the front wheel bearings on a 2000 Nissan Altima, you will need:
- Pliers, needle nose and channellock
- Jack stands
- Floor jack
- Socket wrench and sockets
- Lug nut wrench
- Bearing packer
- New bearings
- (Optional) Replacement races and a race driver
If you have been taking care of your maintenance on a regular basis, you may not need to replace the races. If you've let the noise go on a little too long, the races may be damaged. If they are pitted or otherwise damaged, you will need new races and a special tool, called a race driver, to replace them.
Pick a flat, level surface to work. Jack the 2000 Altima up with the floor jack and place jack stands on each side of the car at the frame. Do not count on the floor jack to hold the car off the ground. Make sure your Nissan is secure on the jack stands and still treat it as if it could fall at any moment – keep your precious body parts out from under the car.
Remove the hubcaps carefully by inserting a flat head screwdriver in four places around the hubcap and gently prying. Don't start your day off badly by breaking it. Take off the lug nuts and remove the wheel.
Remove the brake caliper mounting nuts. Use the channel lock pliers to take off the wheel hub dust cover. Take off the cotter pin, retaining washer and hub nut, which will allow you to free the outer wheel bearing.
Put the hub nut back on the spindle and pull the rotor down and off. Pull off the inner wheel bearing and seal. Inspect the races for damage. If they are showing wear, punch them off so they can be replaced. (The races are the smooth circular inner and outer parts of each bearing.) Clean the rotor hub and inspect it for wear. Replace the races if needed, pressing them fully into the hub.
With the bearing packer, pack the new inner and outer bearings and smear some grease around the inside of the hub. Put the inner wheel bearing into the hub and put on the new seal. Smear the spindle with wheel bearing grease and put the outer wheel bearing on. Install the wheel bearing retaining washer.
Put the wheel bearing hub nut back on and tighten by hand. Replace the cotter pin and dust cap. Use brake cleaner to wipe off any dirt or grease. Slide the brake caliper back into position and tighten the bolts. Remount the tire.
Drive off in your 2000 Nissan Altima, enjoy the sound of silence from your front wheels.