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Rear axle bearings on the way out?
#1
I started to notice a squeaking sound last week and managed to source it to rear passenger area. I then noticed that the wheel on that side has a noticeble slant on it while the other side looks almost straight.
MOT 6 months ago had advisory on excessive movement of rear axle bearings.
Does this sound like the rear axle bearing has gone? If so, can it be replaced or is it a new axle job?
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#2
looks likely that the bearing is shot. They are a home job if you have the necessary tools (presses, big hammers and lifts) and know how . Utube have videos on some guys( Russians?) doing them
Its easier to get a replacement axle and change it over yourself which is not too bad, there are be posts on how to do it
If I recall there was a firm doing them for about £300/400 delivered and they want the old one back
A quick search would give you more info.
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#3
Thanks for reply. On a tight budget with this and don't have time to do it myself.
I've spoken to a local citroen indie garage who advised me that if the bearings are shot then most likely the area around bearing could be worn aswell. He said he was prepared to swap a used axle if I sourced a good one.
Thing is, my berlingo is a 2004 and I can't find any used axles that old. Theres plenty of 2008 onwards about but they are all with discs and springs where as mine is drum and no springs.
I'm wondering if this one will be any good:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Berlingo-Pica...SwSzRZOriD

Mine doesn't have abs but that won't matter, will it?
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#4
There should be lots of axles available online.

A search for 'berlingo axle' on ebay.co.uk show more than a few.

You need to check if it's the axle bearings or if it's 'just' the hub bearings.
The hub bearings is a relatively quick affair, and should be doable at home, really.
Actually, you usually need to change the Hub bearings anyways...

The new axle is sold without hub bearings, and they're not designed to be removed without being damaged.
(One of the races will be left on the spindle when you pull the hub off.)
The bearings aren't sold separately, only as complete hubs.
There's a few different models to choose from. (Non-ABS and a couple ABS-enabled ones with different number of teeth)
Make certain the hub kits comes with the metal cap for the center as the old one will be very difficult to get off undamaged.
Consider also getting new shocks for the rear, and also the rear rubber mounts for the axle. The rubber can disintegrate and 'let go' off the metal frame it's cast into. It's one of those damages that you normally won't notice before you jack the car up.

The biggest difficulty is that the arms on the axle is wrapped in brake pipes.
(If the pipes are relatively new it's possible to gently bend them so that the brakes can be moved aside so that the axle can be freed without dismantling the brake system)

I'd consider also swapping out drums and shoes, possibly also the calipers if they look poorly, since the parts needs to be taken off anyways.

With parts and tools lined up, it should be possible to do the job in a single evening at home.
But with two evenings, there's also time to hit rust spots with rust eater and Hammerite.
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#5
To be honest I think you would be wiser to spend a few more quid and get a reconditioned axle rather than a second hand one that could be on its last legs.

Have a look on ebay for imaxles

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#6
And if it has the grease nipple mods, that would be a big plus.
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