Bentley Audi A6 Service Manual C5 (1998-2004 A6, S6, allroad quatro, RS6) Bentley Stock #A604. Nowhere can I find the procedure for changing the front wheel bearings. On page 02-20 at the top, there is an illustration and short explanation of the bearing mounting, but I cannot find any procedure. This illustration makes it look not too bad, but hard to tell.
You need to press the bearing out of the spindle. You can to this with a shop press by removing the spindle or use a Hub Shark, Hub Tamer or a tool set made by Hazet to do it on the vehicle. The procedure is there under "front wheel bearing pressing out and in." I have a hub tamer and it goes pretty fast. I do mostly VW's, not may Audi's. I can usually do it in 1 - 1.5 hours start to finish. I usually replace the hub on VW's depending on the shape it is in and if I can get the screw that holds the to rotor on out.
Rick from Bentley Publishers here. Apologies for the delay in catching your question.
I don't believe Honest Lou is looking at the same manual. I checked the book you're looking at (stock number A604) and I see no reference (other than the one you already cited on page 02-20) to wheel bearing replacement.
This book was actually completed before my time with the editorial staff, so I can't comment on exactly why that information wasn't included in the book. The page you cited is a little deceptive, in that the full procedure is relatively in-depth, and does call for a number of specialized tools.
I have attached a copy of the procedure as it is in the eBahn version.
You can use the same tools that I cited in my previous writeup. The VAG tools are what the dealer has, but other tool supplier make tools sets that will work. The VAG tools are a tool set that will work just with the Audi. The Hub Shark, Hub Tamer and others are tool sets that do a variety of different FWD bearings.
Thank you RickW for letting me know I'm not crazy! I looked for it for a while. And Lou, thanks for the good info there. I am trying to decide if I want to tackle this job, and this info is exactly what I needed.