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Old 02-08-2013, 06:37 PM
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A tip I thought i'd share, apologies if i'm telling you something you already know but i was so relieved to crack this one.

I found some play on the drivers side wheel bearing and decided to adjust it, but I was really struggling to remove the wheel bearing cap, after spending about 20 minutes trying to pry into a non existant gap with various sized screwdriver tips and hitting the cap from all angles I finally gave up as it just wasnt moving at all and the cap was starting to show signs of battle damage.

I searched on google for tips and saw loads of different posts from people on lots of different owners forums for all types of cars describing the very same struggle and discussing ideas about various pullers and other methods so I realised I wasnt alone with my frustrations.

Anyway I went back to the task the next day and after another 15 minutes of getting nowhere I sat staring into my toolbox trying to figure out what I could possibly do, so I tried what you see below, using a hammer as a fulcrum I inserted a large flatblade screwdriver into the groove between the two ridges and literally just squeezed the hammer handle and screwdriver together with one hand, amazingly after all my previous hammering, prying, sweating and swearing the cap immediately popped out a few mm, I turned the wheel 180 degrees and repeated the squeeze and the cap fell on to the floor, Job sorted!!

Once again apologies if this is something already known but i was just so relieved to have found a way around this after much head scratching!!

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Old 02-09-2013, 04:00 AM
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good tip pct I did mine a couple of weeks ago but had no problem getting the caps off

I assume you know the correct procedure for taking up the bearings
 
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:15 AM
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The cap can be a *****, installing new ones is way more fun though, need a tool to help hold em while you pound. Woody

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Old 02-09-2013, 08:30 AM
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I still have an old puller tool. Looks like a big set of pliers. Clamps down. Wiggle wiggle off.
 
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by 11 FEB View Post
I assume you know the correct procedure for taking up the bearings
It would be handy if you could post up the procedure for us newbies if you wouldnt mind?

I followed info on the mercedes owners site, I frequent that forum too as I use an E class for business and the crossfire is MB running gear, but that thread contained a few differing opinions so I went partly with that and partly with my own experience of taper bearings and left a little play.

It had gone through its UK MOT in December and the local test here on the IOM last week when I re-registered it both with no problems but I still felt there was a bit too much play, probably 1mm which i've taken down to about 0.5mm.
 
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:17 PM
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It would be handy if you could post up the procedure for us newbies if you wouldnt mind?

If you do a search you will find it already posted as with almost anything else you will ever need to know about your Crossfire
 

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Originally Posted by 11 FEB View Post
If you do a search you will find it already posted as with almost anything else you will every need to know about your Crossfire
Found it thanks
 
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The cap can be a *****, installing new ones is way more fun though, need a tool to help hold em while you pound. Woody
Does anyone know which tool this is? Is it specific for our cars?

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Old 08-17-2014, 11:06 AM
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Installing is fairly simple, just offer them up nice and square to the flange and gently tap them squarely home, its getting them out which can be the difficult bit.
 
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Installing is fairly simple, just offer them up nice and square to the flange and gently tap them squarely home, its getting them out which can be the difficult bit.
Are you talking about re-installing the original caps or new ones?

I have purchased new caps and the flange does not curve outward, so I am unsure how to install them at this point.

Thanks for the response
 
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Cedar11 View Post
Are you talking about re-installing the original caps or new ones?

I have purchased new caps and the flange does not curve outward, so I am unsure how to install them at this point.

Thanks for the response

Either new or original, if they are the correct ones for the car they should go in, they need carefully lining up and maybe a touch of grease around the leading edge, they should then go in so long as they are correctly lined up.


Popping them in the freezer for a couple of hours first might help as they will shrink a couple of thou.
 
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I am looking for new caps. Anyone have a source or Mercedes cross part number? This part number yieds no stock so far. 05101732AA
 
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I am looking for new caps. Anyone have a source or Mercedes cross part number? This part number yieds no stock so far. 05101732AA
Mercedes part #210 357 02 89
 
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