How to replace the wheel bearing on a Freelander 2

Guide to disassembly and replacement of the wheel bearing on a Freelander, as explained by Dave Barker

The Freelander 2’s front suspension comprises MacPherson spring and damper struts bolted to the wheel hubs, held in position to subframes by upper and lower pivoting. Traditional ball joints and wheel bearings complete the steering and suspension set-up. 

Like all moving suspension and steering parts, they wear out with age and use, especially ball joints and wheel bearings. In the case of this eight-year-old Freelander 2 with 95,000 miles on the clock, a worn wheel bearing was very noticeable. When the front left-hand wheel was rotated by hand, the wheel bearing produced an unmistakable grating noise, and a small amount of play could also be felt in the wheel.

A new bearing was needed. However, replacing the bearing is not just as simple as it sounds. A front hub and bearing for a Freelander 2 is part number LR003157 and costs around £178. Land Rover advises that a special tool in the form of a press and various spacers is used to press it into the wheel knuckle. It is possible to use a similar press and spacers, but it’s not an easy task, and the bearing can be damaged. 

There is another option however that not only makes the job quicker and easier, but is also cheaper. That option is to replace the complete front steering knuckle, wheel hub and bearing assembly. It’s part number DA1214 and costs around £110, and it’s the option that most repairers choose in fact. This guide to the procedures involved shows how the job has been carried out by Maddison 4x4 at Topcliffe near Thirsk.

If doing this job yourself, it is important to use the relevant Land Rover workshop manual with up-to-date tightening torques and procedures. If you are unsure of any procedures, always seek expert advice and consult a qualified mechanic. 

All references to part numbers and torque settings should be double-checked to ensure they are relevant to your vehicle: there are variations between different models and model years.

Tools 

General workshop spanners and sockets including 13mm, 17mm, 18mm, 21mm  and 24mm. Torx bits T25 and T50, soft-face hammer, pry bar and torque wrench.

Contact: Maddison 4x4, Water House Farm, Station Road, Topcliffe near Thirsk, YO7 3SG.Web: www.maddison4x4.com

Health and safety

• When planning to work underneath a vehicle, ensure lifting and support equipment is correctly rated and also in serviceable condition• Ensure that the vehicle is securely supported and cannot be dislodged.

Click on the gallery below for our handy step-by-step guide…

Recommended

'Bolloré's strategy is already having a good impact on Jaguar Land Rover'
Opinion JLR Thierry Bollore
Opinion

'Bolloré's strategy is already having a good impact on Jaguar Land Rover'

Steve Fowler says JLR CEO Thierry Bolloré's new approach is working wonders
24 Jun 2021
Jaguar Land Rover shuts two factories due to semiconductor shortage
Halewood factory
Jaguar

Jaguar Land Rover shuts two factories due to semiconductor shortage

JLR’s Castle Bromwich and Halewood factories will temporarily close from 26 April as a global shortage of semiconductors impacts production
22 Apr 2021
Land Rover extends partnership with Virgin Galactic to 2024
Land Rover Virgin Galactic
Land Rover

Land Rover extends partnership with Virgin Galactic to 2024

Land Rover will continue to support the world’s first “spaceline,” providing vehicles to ferry future astronauts to their flights
30 Mar 2021
Jaguar Land Rover reveals prototype Covid-inhibiting cabin filtration system
Jaguar Land Rover cabin filtration system
Jaguar

Jaguar Land Rover reveals prototype Covid-inhibiting cabin filtration system

In-car harmful bacteria and viruses reduced by 97 percent through Panasonic’s nanoe X technology
16 Mar 2021

Most Popular

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal
Vauxhall Crossland Griffin
Vauxhall Crossland

New Vauxhall Crossland Griffin arrives to boost SUV’s appeal

The new Vauxhall Crossland Griffin undercuts the SE on price, but adds more equipment
26 Jul 2021
New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road
Range Rover Sport spyshot 1
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road

Land Rover’s replacement for the Range Rover Sport will get racier styling and an all-new electric-ready platform
20 Jul 2021