Repacked front bearings - LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-18-2012, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Repacked front bearings

Manual says to repack the front bearings at 36k, but I am on a maintenance tear, so I decided to do it at the current 27k.

Inside the hub, it was packed with thick honey-colored grease that looked fresh, but the bearings had turned their share of that grease into runny black stuff from the last 14 yrs of use. So I feel good about doing it sooner instead of later.

I am quickly running out of things to do on this car, but there's still a few more to keep me busy over the next month or two. At least I can say that I have changed every possible fluid, gas, and grease on the car in the last few months, and I know that makes Esprits happy.
lotusespritse is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 05:11 AM
Registered User
 
QuadCam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 829
I still need to do the front wheel bearings on mine. I only have 10k on the odometer, but the car is now 20 years old and I don't know if it's been done.

This is the first car I've owned where you have to repack bearings......this will be a new one for me.
QuadCam is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 05:45 AM
Registered User
 
wilkrod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 13
Grease in Cups?

Hi all,
I just happen to be servicing my front wheel bearings also on an 86.
Just curious how much grease does everyone put into the cups/caps?
Regards
Jeff
wilkrod is offline  
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Just put as much grease as you see when you disassemble it. Unless you have a leaky seal, the grease doesn't go anywhere.

FYI, I did not risk prying out the inboard seal to repack the inboard bearing. Unless you have replacements on hand, you might end up having to wait to get a new one if it gets damaged.

So I spent some serious quality time pressing the new grease through the in-situ bearing from the inside out and then wiping off the old stuff as it got pushed out. Takes forever. But it's much more effective to push it from the inside than to push it down from the outside.

The outboard bearing pops out easily so I used one of those cone presses to flush the old stuff out.


Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com App
lotusespritse is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 06:34 AM
Registered User
 
wilkrod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 13
Smile Complete rebuild

Decided while I have everything apart to replace inner/outer bearings/races, grease seal. New Timken parts on the bench.
Project creep, as usual for me.
Jeff
wilkrod is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 08:23 AM
Registered User
 
Sanj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 937


I can't imagine taking it that far apart and not replacing the bearings and seals.
Sanj is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 08:52 AM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanj View Post


I can't imagine taking it that far apart and not replacing the bearings and seals.
After taking the wheel off, it's 4 bolts to take out the hub.

Is that a lot for you?


Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com App
lotusespritse is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:01 AM
Nein Kinder
 
Glen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 502
Images: 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanj View Post


I can't imagine taking it that far apart and not replacing the bearings and seals.
I can't imagine well-maintained bearings that would only last 27,000 miles.

Glen


Sent from my iPhone using Autoguide.com App

CO 2011 Lotus Elise SC
Glen is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:07 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lake Norman, NC
Posts: 282
I think I will be doing this in the next few weeks as well
Sburke is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:10 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 1,933
If you stop playing with the car and drive it you will find a LOT to do! If you want to really sort out the car drive it and all kinds of things will go wrong! You do, of course. know what L O T U S stands for? Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious! If you think you have run out of things to do you can always clean it to death!
David Teitelbaum
jtrealty is offline  
post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:26 AM
Registered User
 
Vulcan Grey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Colorado USA
Posts: 3,852
The critical part is tightening the hub to the proper drag spec per the manual.

Too loose and you ruin the bearings and potentially the spindle/upright... Too tight, and you ruin the bearings, and potentially the spindle/upright...

Travis
Vulcan Grey Esprit 89 SE
http://picasaweb.google.com/lotusse
Vulcan Grey is offline  
post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtrealty View Post
If you stop playing with the car and drive it you will find a LOT to do! If you want to really sort out the car drive it and all kinds of things will go wrong! You do, of course. know what L O T U S stands for? Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious! If you think you have run out of things to do you can always clean it to death!
David Teitelbaum
If I never hear that stupid Lotus thing again, it will be too soon.

I am driving my car almost every day because I break my projects down into 1 or maybe 2 day chunks.

Cosmetics are included in my projects and I've got it looking almost showroom new now. At least that's what everyone that see's it says. It does help that it was in very good condition from my start, both cosmetically and mechanically.
lotusespritse is offline  
post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuadCam View Post
This is the first car I've owned where you have to repack bearings......this will be a new one for me.
You must be a young man.
lotusespritse is offline  
post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 11:40 AM
Moderator
 
sleekgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Jose, California
Posts: 2,194
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanj View Post


I can't imagine taking it that far apart and not replacing the bearings and seals.
I agree- while the mileage may be low, the price of the (Toyota-based) bearings and seals isn't that high - may as well replace them and be good for another 20 years

I bought the bearings/seals from Summit (along with EBC brake pads) for my 88 with the intention me doing the replacement myself (42K miles now). But haven't had time yet to do it (daily driver). Maybe this Thanksgiving weekend

Eddie B
88 Esprit 'SLEEK GT'
sleekgt is online now  
post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 11:48 AM
Registered User
 
QuadCam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Florida
Posts: 829
Quote:
Originally Posted by lotusespritse View Post
You must be a young man.
40. Maybe it's just that I never had to replace a wheel bearing on any car of mine in the past.
QuadCam is offline  
post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Quote:
Originally Posted by QuadCam View Post
40. Maybe it's just that I never had to replace a wheel bearing on any car of mine in the past.
I'm 44. You shouldn't have needed to replace them, but repack them. But maybe you had other things on your mind as a teenager, and you didn't bother to notice that part of the maintenance on your cars
lotusespritse is offline  
post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 04:35 PM
Registered User
 
Sanj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 937
Quote:
Originally Posted by lotusespritse View Post
After taking the wheel off, it's 4 bolts to take out the hub.

Is that a lot for you?


Sent from my iPhone using AutoGuide.com App
Yeah, I'd rather "take forever" to repack a 14 year old bearing without removing it.
Sanj is offline  
post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-19-2012, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
BANNED
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,594
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanj View Post
Yeah, I'd rather "take forever" to repack a 14 year old bearing without removing it.
Where the flip-the-bird emoticon when you need it?

Have a nice Lotus day :-)
lotusespritse is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community > Lotus Discussions > Lotus Esprit

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the LotusTalk - The Lotus Cars Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome