Alfa Romeo Forum banner

1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hi guys! I'm new here, just had my first MOT on my 156 and have now discovered the 'other' half of the Alfa magic! :-/ one of the (eight) things it failed on was a faulty wheel bearing, I'd rather do as much as myself as possible but I can't find a comprehensive set of instructions on how to do it! I'm fairly practical and have spent the last 3 years rummaging around the underside of an old mini so I'm decently handy with a set of spanners.

My main question is this, is it more financially economical to just replace the whole hub? I know it's a pain to get the bearing out is all and if I go to the trouble of getting the hub off, why not just put a whole new shiny one on? Also are there any specialist tools needed or any tips/hints that would make it easier?

Cheers! Nick
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
19,119 Posts
Hi nick. There are several threads on how to change the wheel bearing on a 156. Just do a search using the search function at the top o the page.

Good news. They are all the same bearing, no matter what model so that means they are easy to come by. Genuine alfa ones are over a ton but eb spares do them for aroynd 70 or you can risk an ebay one for a bit less.
Good news 2. Changing the bearing itself is easy as it is held to the upright by 4 bolts.
Bad news. You need a press to get hub out of the bearing and also to press it into the new one. If you havent git access to a press then it is not really a do it yourself job. :thumbs: good luck fella and welcome to AO
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Awesome, thanks :). I had a quick search on google and came across odd bits here and there but nothing too specific, so I thought I'd join up and try my luck!

So is that the whole hub for around 70 or just the bearing itself? I'm only on my phone at the moment so searching eBay and the Internet is a bit of hit and miss, I'll give it a proper look around tomorrow :). I presume if I take the hub off it's something any old garage would be able to replace if I bring the hub to them?

Thanks again
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
19,119 Posts
ebsapres 156 bearing

link to eb spares. I meant do a search using the search function on the AO site :lol: not google. Should give more results.There are many threads to trawl through! :rolleyes: but you will find some helpful stuff. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
front wheel bearing

my son has a gt on a 60 plate(2010) and the front drivers side wheel bearing has gone my plan was to buy a 2nd hand hub assembly and replace the whole assembly like I did a few years ago on his 147 now trying to buy a 2nd hand hub assembly for a 60 plate(2010) gt is not so easy can someone tell me if I can use a 147 or 156 2nd hub assembly is all the metalwork, bearing, spline the same??
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30,167 Posts
... can someone tell me if I can use a 147 or 156 2nd hub assembly is all the metalwork, bearing, spline the same??
Bearings all the same for all 147/156/GT
Uprights all the same for all 147/156/GT except for 3.2V6 versions & Q4.
Hub the same for 156/GT except for 3.2V6.

The 147 is listed with a different hub, not sure why though!

Edit: You'll probably need a new ABS sensor though.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,991 Posts
Been doing a few front bearing changes recently , and I think one more yet on mostly 147 s . I usually go for the whole hub and bearing s/h as it's cheaper than bearing and always the abs sensor , as you normally unable to swap to other hubs as they are always corroded.

Only problem is the plugs on the abs wiring loom have to be correct , they not only vary in colour and type , they can be male and female ends so just a heads up, when looking for s/h

Anyone got a tip in removing corroded Allen bolts on the bearing housing ?

Cheers Pat
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
Bearings all the same for all 147/156/GT
Uprights all the same for all 147/156/GT except for 3.2V6 versions & Q4.
Hub the same for 156/GT except for 3.2V6.

The 147 is listed with a different hub, not sure why though!

Edit: You'll probably need a new ABS sensor though.
thanks for the quick reply!! I should have maybe added that his is a cloverleaf gt on a 60 plate(2010) not sure if that makes any difference? also you are saying that the 147 is listed with a different hub(do you mean the hub flange?) if this is different does that mean that the spline from a 147 hub assembly might not fit his gt driveshaft? also the hub assembly that I had in mind to buy has an abs sensor on it will that not fit the gt?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,991 Posts
The abs plug will tell you if it matches , black / white (which I doubt at that age) but male female ends do as well . The Abs will give some clue to different hubs as the sensor picks up the signal deeper on the bearing , in another words is longer , so there is a lot of carefull matching to be done .
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9 Posts
The abs plug will tell you if it matches , black / white (which I doubt at that age) but male female ends do as well . The Abs will give some clue to different hubs as the sensor picks up the signal deeper on the bearing , in another words is longer , so there is a lot of carefull matching to be done .
hi I don't really want to confuse the situation as I said the plan was to use a 2nd hand upright from a 147 on his GT(2010) cloverleaf instead of replacing the bearing as I don't have a press etc but if there are other differences then maybe the best thing is to replace the bearing hoping not to damage the ABS sensor.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
382 Posts
If the only difference is the abs sensor, it is possible to cut the wires and solder/heatshrink the old plug onto the 'new' sensor.
Had to do it on a friend's 156 JTD, when we fitted GTA uprights and Brembos.
ABS/ASR both worked perfectly after, with no error codes at all.
Hope that helps a little!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,991 Posts
Yes have been advised the same. I have not been stuck yet for replacements, but it's in the back of my mind.
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top