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Audi A6 1998-2004, S6 2002 and later, allroad 2001 and later, rs6 2003 and later (C5) A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?


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Jeff_M

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A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?
Posted: Aug 6, 2009 3:47 PM
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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.

Anyone know where to find this information?
honest lou

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Re: A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?
Posted: Aug 6, 2009 5:34 PM   in response to: Jeff_M in response to: Jeff_M
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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.
Jeff_M

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Re: A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?
Posted: Aug 7, 2009 1:49 PM   in response to: honest lou in response to: honest lou
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I appreciate your response, Lou. Are you sure the procedure is in the manual? I can't find anything close to "front wheel bearing pressing out and in" in this Bentley manual.

Do the manual-writing folks monitor these forums?
RickW

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Re: A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?
Posted: Aug 7, 2009 3:17 PM   in response to: Jeff_M in response to: Jeff_M
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Hello, Jeff

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.
honest lou

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Re: A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?
Posted: Aug 7, 2009 6:14 PM   in response to: RickW in response to: RickW
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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.
Jeff_M

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Re: A6 Front Wheel Bearing Replacement Missing from Bentley Book?
Posted: Aug 8, 2009 10:13 AM   in response to: honest lou in response to: honest lou
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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.

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