View Full Version : hub? bearings? need bit of advice!

24-08-2004, 12:39 PM
Just had car MOT'd.

failed (predictably! :) ) needs a couple of bits of welding.

however his main beef was that the rear offside wheel rocks around, I figured bearings had gone. but its too rainy for me to sort it. (no garage)

The MOT guy was really helpful (note sarcasm) he said 'well either your bearings have gone or your gonna want a new hub' so I said 'well fix it then, then re-test it' and he says 'no, cant do that here, we dont take old cars really. take it somewhere else'

I refuse to fork out another bill. so its down to me :)

so, the wheel rocksup/down and side to side. never changed bearings before but I'll give it a go. any idea which its more likely to be?

and how easy is changing the hub? (did it on mini once. easy peasy :) ) case of taking off the brakes, unbolting, and bolting back up?

and where do I get a hub or bearings from? most motor factors round here wont get me stuff for 'classics' so I have to usually hunt for specialist shops.


24-08-2004, 12:55 PM

not so easy on the rear hub on a z unfortunately.

Firstly be sure its the wheel bearing that is causing the looseness, and not wear in the suspension, which is a lot easier to fix.

Mr F is probably your best place to start for new wheel bearings and seals. Alternatively someone here might sell you a secondhand rear strut unit with good bearings.

Here's link to show how to change the bearings.


hope it helps :)


24-08-2004, 01:59 PM
cheers for that. gonna print it all out and take a look.

A second hand decent complete unit may be better, what with this weather I wanna do it quick as poss!!

I'll have a better look at the weekend.


24-08-2004, 04:12 PM
280ZX rear wheel bearings in stock - not the easiest job in the world due to high torque on the securing nut. IMO, s/hand bearings are only a small step better than s/hand clutches and s/hand brake linings.

24-08-2004, 04:26 PM
I know what your saying Mr F, but looking at the guide that the link goes to on how to do it, Ive got no chance at all of doing it myself.

So its either a secondhand complete unit or pay a garage a stupidly high fee to do it for me.

or get someone to sell me a secondhand unit fitted with new bearings, so I can fit the unit my end.