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How to Replace Front Hub Assembly 90-98 Jeep Cherokee

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  1. step : Removing the Wheel (0:51)
    • Loosen the 19mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Straighten the cotter pin on the axle nut with needle nose pliers
    • Remove the cap and washer from the axle nut
    • Loosen the axle nut with a 36mm socket and breaker bar
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step : Removing the Brake Rotor (2:18)
    • Remove 13mm bolts from the brake caliper
    • Pull the caliper aside and secure it out of the way with a bungee chord
    • Pull the rotor off
  3. step : Removing the Hub (3:10)
    • Spray rust penetrant around the contact points of the hub
    • Remove the three 13mm 12-point bolts from the hub
    • Pry off the washer from the axle (if you have one) with a pick
    • Tap the axle in with a hammer to free the splines from the hub
    • Tap the hub out of the spindle with a hammer
    • Remove the hub and dust shield
  4. step : Installing the Hub (5:55)
    • Insert the dust shield into place
    • Insert the hub into place
    • Tighten the 12-point 13mm bolts
    • Torque the hub bolts to 75 foot-pounds
  5. step : Installing the Rotor (6:49)
    • Insert the rotor onto the hub
    • Press the caliper onto the rotor
    • Tighten the two 13mm bolts to the caliper
    • Torque the caliper mounting bolts to 20 foot-pounds
  6. step : Reattaching the Wheel (7:28)
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the lug nuts to between 110 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Torque the axle nut to 175 foot-pounds
    • Insert the axle nut cap into place
    • Insert a new cotter pin into place
    • Turn each end of the cotter pin to opposite sides of the nut

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the wheel bearing and hub assembly on a 1996 Jeep Cherokee. This information will be the same from 1990 to 1998, and similar to any other Jeep vehicle that uses a Dana 30 Front Axle.

The items you'll need for this repair are a new wheel bearing and hub assembly from, a 13mm, 19mm, 36mm front socket, a ratchet and breaker bar, a torque wrench, pry bar, needle nose pliers, a hammer, pick tool, bungee cord, and your favorite penetrating oil.

Using a 19 millimeter socket and breaker bar, crack the lug nuts loose. Straighten out the cotter pin with a pair of needle nose pliers, and move it from the axle. Remove the cap and washer from the axle nut. Using the 36 millimeter socket and breaker bar, break the axle nut loose. These are usually on pretty tight, so you may need to put some force behind it. Remove the axle nut from the end of the axle shaft.

While we're using a lift to make it easier to show you, this job can also be done at home on a jack and jack stands. With the vehicle raised and supported, you can finish removing the rest of the lug nuts and the wheel. Using a 13 millimeter socket and ratchet, remove the two bolts securing the caliper to the spindle. Remove the caliper and pads from the spindle.

You may need a small pry bar or a large flat screwdriver to remove the caliper. Once the caliper is removed, use a bungee cord, mechanics wire, or zip ties to hang the caliper up and out of the way. Remove the rotor.

We're going to spray some penetrating oil around the contact points of the hub, as well as the exposed portions of the stud. Remove the three 13 millimeter 12-point bolts securing the wheel hub to the spindle. We're going to use a 12-point 13 millimeter socket, a breaker bar, and if you need to, you can use a pipe for a little extra leverage.

We'll break the bolts loose with the breaker bar, and finish removing them with a socket and ratchet. If you have a nut and washer as opposed to a flange nut on your axle, you can use a small pick to pull the washer out so it doesn't fall off when you remove the hub. Tap the axle in to be sure that the splines are free of the hub. Then with a hammer tap the hub out of the spindle. Remove the dust shield as well.

Here we have our old wheel hub that we removed from the vehicle, and our new wheel hub from As you can see, they both have the same number of studs and the same bolt pattern. They have the same splines in the middle to accept our axle. The same three-bolt pattern on the rear. What happens with these is they develop excessive in and out play that you can see there, which is felt as up and down or side to side on the vehicle. You can hear that it doesn't exactly turn smoothly. It's got kind of a grinding crunchy sound to it, whereas our new hub has zero in and out play, and rotates nice and smooth.

If your old wheel hub has excessive in and out or up and down play, is creating a grinding noise, or failed ABS reading if your vehicle is equipped, then this new wheel hub from 1A Auto is going to go in direct fit, just like your original equipment and fix you up right.

Reinstall the dust shield. Line up the hub onto the splines. Set it into place, and start your three 12-point 13 millimeter bolts. Tighten down the wheel hub bolts with a 13 millimeter 12-point socket. Be sure that the hub installs back into the spindle nice and straight. Torque the hub bolts to 75 foot-pounds.

Reinstall your rotor onto the hub. Remove your caliper from wherever you secured it. Reinstall it onto the rotor. Reinstall the two 13 millimeter bolts. Secure your caliper to the spindle. Torque the caliper mounting bolts to 20 foot-pounds.

Reinstall the wheel onto the hub. Start your lug nuts by hand. Torque the lug nuts to 110 foot-pounds in a cross pattern. Using the 38 millimeter socket and the torque wrench, torque your axle nut to 175 foot-pounds. Install this cap onto the axle nut in a way that allows you to insert a new cotter pin. The pair of needle nose pliers. Then both ears of the cotter pin to opposite sides of the nut.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Hammer
  • Pick

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Rust Penetrant
  • Bungee Cord

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • A Piece of Pipe (for leverage)
  • Ratchet
  • Torque Wrench
  • Socket Extensions
  • 1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket
  • 36mm Socket

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