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.

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