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    'Nipping up' front wheel bearings

    Hi All

    My Jag x300 passed it's MOT the other day at the Jag specialist, but had an advisory of 'slight play in front wheel bearings' and the garage advised it's really easy to 'nip them up' to remove the play and I should have a go myself. They also said it needs doing for my own safety.

    I have not had time to look at it however so I called my local garage(backyard garage) to book this in to be done and they made it out as if it's a huge job because its a Jag blah blah blah.

    So it looks like the ball is back in my court to do it, which is fine but I have not worked on the front wheel bearings before, can anyone please advise how I would 'nip up' the front wheel bearings? And what tools and bits and bobs are required? And what needs dismantling to get access? I have not got a garage but have done some big jobs on the driveway such as rear shock and spring replacement before so I'm no stranger to getting my hands dirty.

    Many thanks in advance.

    Lee
    '95 x300 4.0 Manual Sovereign swb - Daily driver
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    If you remove the wheel and the dust cap then remove the split pin from the shaft you can nip up the bearing. It is usual to nip it up until you lock up when turning the hub and then back off half a turn. Replace the split pin, dust cap and wheel and grip the wheel in the 12/6 position and wiggle, then in the 3/9 position and wiggle. Very little movement should be felt. Job done.

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    Hiya,
    Personally I would take the opportunity to when the split pin removed then take out the bearing and re pack both the inner and outer bearing with grease and also do the same to the other front wheel bearing too.

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    Good call Trev

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    Just about to say the same as Trev! Good call mate. They will last longer if greased.
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    Just want to say thanks very much for the tips guys... Unfortunately I still haven't got round to doing it, but I have a few months yet until the MOT is due, and will be putting all advice to use. I'll let you know how I get on.
    '95 x300 4.0 Manual Sovereign swb - Daily driver
    '95 x300 3.2 XJ6 - Running whilst my daily is having extensive repairs

    '97 x300 3.2 XJ6 Manual - Purchased only for the gearbox
    '96 x300 4.0 Daimler Six lwb - Restoring/weekend car - Completed and sold on
    '94 x300 4.0 Daimler Six swb - Was restoring but toooo far gone - now stripped and crushed
    '07 X350 2.7tdvi sovereign swb - Sold
    '90 XJ40 4.0 XJ6 swb - Sold - Moved to Austria

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