Bought a new Timken front hub for the Miata. Took the outer race off to repack with CV-2 grease. There was a small plastic retaining ring (not the bearing cage) that I believe held the race in place. It was completely destroyed in the process of being dismantled. I went ahead and replaced the grease and re-assembled. The outer race no longer snaps in place. However, I think it should be fine since the whole bearing assembly is held in place by the hub nut. Any thoughts?
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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:22 AM
Posted 17 March 2017 - 12:38 PM
If you're talking about the small plastic bit that slid inside the inner race between both halves, then that's fine.. that guy is there simply to hold both races together until you install the bearing- for the reason/concern you are voicing.
install away! do your best to clean the spindle and keep all brake dust away from the bearings during install, so that it won't get in the cracks while the bearing has a gap in it. brake dust contains metal bits and is very very not good for bearing guts!
And just because I'm a shitty driver doesn't make a miata any less slow.
Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:12 PM
Matt, yes that's was it exactly.
Eric, saw that before I started. Tks