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XC90 Wheel Bearing Replacement How-To

Let’s talk Wheel Bearing Replacement

Do not pay your shop $600 per wheel to do this simple job! The XC90 has a well known design flaw that allows the elements to get to the sealed wheel bearing races causing pre mature failure (mine at 52k.)

After getting the $1400 quote from my local dealer to replace the two rear bearings, I decided to do a little research. The dealer made it sound like it was akin to removing an engine in it’s complexities, be low-and-behold after you remove the tire it’s as simple as eight bolts (not counting the lug nuts.)

1. Remove the tire/wheel
2. Remove the top and bottom caliper
bolts/remove caliper.
3. Remove the four bearing housing bolts on
the inside of the housing

You will need a soft mallet to whack the housing until it comes out…don’t worry you cannot hurt anything but your feelings.

The wheel bearing/housing (all one unit) will run you about $90-110 a wheel and each wheel from start to finish took me about 15 minutes…. and now blissful silence as I roll down the highway!

[repair submitted by Ron M]
Wheel Bearing Replacement

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[…] XC90 Wheel Bearing Replacement How-ToDo not pay your shop $600 per wheel to do this simple job! The XC90 has a well known design flaw that allows the elements to get to the sealed wheel bearing races causing pre mature failure (mine at 52k.) After getting the $1400 quote from my local dealer to replace the two rear bearings, I decided to do a little research. The dealer made it sound like it was akin to removing an engine in it’s complexities, be low-and-behold after you remove the tire it’s as simple as eight bolts (not counting the lug nuts.) 1. Remove the tire/wheel 2. Remove the top and bottom caliper bolts/remove caliper. 3. Remove the four bearing housing bolts on the inside of the housing You will need a soft mallet to whack the housing until it comes… […]

WrenchBoy says:

RUSTED Hub — I purchased longer 12mm 1.75 bolts (4 in.), turned them in and then pounded on the heads of the bolts in a cross pattern. This worked GREAT !!! The very, very rust hub came free. The slide hammer did not work.

Yes once you remove all (4) bolts you have to wack it – be creative. I had to remove all the ebrake assembly (tricky because of the the springs) and rotor cover + gasket then you’ll have a few more spots to wack – think chisel and hammer…..all around..it’ll eventually give. Then cleaned out rust/dust for new hub install.

Removing the hub from axle was the hardest part. Also, I’ve seen other videos where people take the breake calippers appart removing the two pins, I found that i didn’t have to do this – instead take the whole break assembly off with two bolts and open it up to remove the brake pads to replace.

Penetrating oil is a must.

I’ve tried everything (heating, cooling, 3 jawed puller, hitting end of shaft) to separate the wheel bearing housing from the axle spline, but it won’t budge! Any other ideas???

does anybody has some pictures and detailed instruction on how to replace rear wheel hub/bearing.

A slide hammer/puller set-up will save a great deal of time and angst…the rotor and bearing assembly both were very difficult to remove, lots of corrosion. The lower right bolt was hard to access, follow previous comment about raising lower swing arm a bit, had to use socket extension–brace it somehow– to pass over arm (these bolts are tight). The e-brake cable adjust was difficult to turn/loosen and i did’nt see any benefit– the rotor still hung up on badly corroded e-brake shoes/parts. Center axle-shaft bolt was easy to remove and spline was no issue.

Pieter le Roux says:

Will replacing the hubs on a XC90 as described here, change the toe-in or alignment of the rear wheels?
Should I have it checked/corrected at a tyre shop you think?

AND…. there is a bit more to it than what is listed here.
you also need to remove the caliper knuckle- the thing that the caliper bolts on to- so you can remove the rotor.
Oh and another tip… Do NOT forget to put some good grease on the stub axle- if you have to replace these things later you will be glad you did. There is a reason they came from the factory with grease on them. the grease also helps to keep moisture from seeping into this area as well which causes the metal to rust and thereby causing the stub axle to rust tight into the hub.

BTW, the torque specs are for the end bolt- 103 ft lbs or 40 NM

it would be very nice if you could post the torque specs for the rear wheel bearing replacement. I have searched and searched and cannot find them anywhere.

My XC90 wheel bearings were frozen. If you have a 3 prong puller, go to it right away. It doesn’t hurt even if the hub isn’t frozen. After removing the shaft end bolt use a socket and stub extension to seat the puller on the end of the shaft. Socket on shaft and puller in the female end of the extension. I had to resort to an impact and a lot of BoltBuster. Drive on the new hub to install. Draw it tight to hopefully get a better seal. Raise the suapension by lowering onto a block to help get the bottom right bolt access. Wheel raised you can seat a socket on the bolt and add a flex extension after the socket is in place. Be sure not to whack the ABS speed sensor on each wheel. Follow the sensor wire to find it. If the hubs aren’t frozen, it’s maybe an hour tops per wheel tires off to tires on. Less on a lift.

just brought my new bearings today
asked for torques on front hub bolts thus:-

1st phase 35Nm (26 ibft)
step2 angle tighten 90 degrees

Brian Russell says:

I own a 2006 XC90 with the V8.My problem concerns the front headlights washer no longer operating.The rear window and the front window washer work fine.Any comments???

Does anyone know what the caliper and bearing housing bolts should be torqued to?

I’m trying to figure out how to replace the front brake pads and rotors. Does anybody know of any tutorials or how to replace job aid with pics? Also, any tips on what kind of rotor and pads to go with.

2007 XC90 3.2 AWD with 50K on it.

Greencoat says:

Hi Ron, this is excellent news, since I have to replace my rear bearings as well. Can you share where you bought your units? Would love to order mine there as well. Thanks much!!!

Stormshark says:

This worked very well on my 2004 AWD. Only problem I had was removing the rear disc. I had to read up on how to loosen the parking brake cable a few turns to allow the parking brake shoes to release. The brake disc then came off with the bearing hub assembly attached and I whacked it with a hammer to separate them. Pretty easy job.

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