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martym00se72

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156 front bearings
« on: May 27, 2021, 06:00:18 PM »
Hi Folks,
When it rains, it pours!  So I have started hearing a whirring kinda noise from the front of my 1999 156 TS manual which gets more pronounced when turning the wheel slightly and is definitely speed related.

I have self diagnosed that this is likely the bearings - how big a job is this and do you need a press for the task (as I don't have one). I suspect there is nothing overly tricky in the task but the need for a press could be a killer for me doing it :( - I'd like to save the $$ of going to a workshop if possible.
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Marty
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2021, 07:36:57 PM »
Sorry, but yes, you're gonna need a press to do the job properly.
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2021, 03:10:31 PM »
As they say in the classics - Bugger!
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2021, 07:00:36 PM »
You can always disassemble everything and take the upright/hub to a workshop to complete all the press related work - that is what I did when I changed mine.
It is a good chance to change out any other front suspension/steering components too. With the upright out of the way, I found lower wishbones only a little bit less annoying to get in than I thought!

From what I found out, I would double check driveshafts too. I thought my front end issues were bearing related until the driveshafts came out for inspection.

http://www.alfaclubvic.org.au/forum/index.php?topic=20431.msg115628#msg115628 - hopefully this helps you avoid my mistakes with the press if you give it a go.
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2021, 08:32:48 PM »
From what I found out, I would double check driveshafts too. I thought my front end issues were bearing related until the driveshafts came out for inspection.

What were wrong with the driveshafts, they are usually pretty bullet proof?

Or are you referring to the CV joints?
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2021, 09:31:51 PM »
Referring to the CV Joints, cheers bazz.

Would have to be really going for it to do any damage to the driveshafts with a Twinspark I'd imagine!
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2021, 10:49:51 PM »
Ended up taking it to one of the local club sponsors (gotta support them as they look after us!) Peter at Eurosport and he sorted me out. Apparently they we pretty much welded in place they had been running that hot - thought I could hear something! :) And so glad I didn't start to tackle it myself - wouldn't have happened.

My CV boots are split but he couldn't source replacements - can I just whack some bearing grease in there in the hope to prolong life whilst I source some boots... does anyone know if either of the 2 sizes of generic boots that Repco stock will fit - or of where else I might get some.  I only just recently picked up a full set of CV joint boots for my GTV6 but the same place doesn't have 156 boots. At least I know things should come apart now, thanks to Peter and his crew!
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Re: 156 front bearings
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2021, 07:57:02 AM »
These guys should have them -

Italian Automotive Spares (Melb) - 03 9036 1606

Arese Spares (Syd) - 0411123640

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