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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 6:00 pm 
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my first post & first attempted repair on my 1991 convertible firefly - 3cyl - 5 speed. developed a noise in front left, very quickly deteriorated to serious grind & clunk, stopped & had it towed home.
Spindle seized to strut, so removed strut & spindle assy, took to shop to press out & press in new bearing. Within 10 km grinding & very hot, limped home, took off hub nut & pushed back spline, packed with grease from front & back, retorqued nut. Didn't grind or get hot, but it's noisy.
Dissassemble myself for 2nd attempt, installed new bearing & grease, reassembled. torqued to spec. Now it's still noisy & the spindle seems hot to the touch. Any guesses what could be the probem?


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 6:36 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 10:22 pm 
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mine is the large double bearing, and not a sealed bearing, everything else was done (twice) using what seems to be correct procedure according the link & mitchel on-line & haynes manual. I am considering replacing strut & spindle assemblies. Does anyone know which years are compatible? there is a U-pull scrap yard in town where i can get strut/spindle assemblies for 20 bucks a side.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 10:41 pm 
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Anything with the same bearing '89-'94 should work, except the Turbo.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:30 am 
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if you are for sure it is the wheel bearing then you fix it yourself otherwise you get the mechanic service. I suggest you to Check those slider pins, and clean them and hole in the caliper they go into then re-oiled them with high temp brake grease.


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