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1987 911 Carrera Rear Wheel Bearings

Suspension and Steering

Vehicle Information: Model: Carrera ; Year: 1987; Body Type: Coupe; Engine (type, size, modifications): 3.2; Total Mileage: 68,700;

I removed both rear axle stubs to repair one torn axle boot and replacethe other three (hard rubber). When I went to reinstall the left rearstub, I backed off the brake pads and spun the hub. I then noticed thatthe hub had a lot of play in it. You can grab it at 6 & 12 o'clock and itwill actually click when you pull/push on it. I then went to the rightside and compared the play, after also backing off the brake pads. Therewas very little play in comparison. Some, but not a lot. Do I have badbearings in the left side, or is this acceptable and it will disappearwhen I torque the wheel nut back onto the stub? I checked the Bentleybook and it has no specifications on acceptable amount of bearing play.It simply says to "apply pressure to either side of the wheel whilechecking for play." What is the acceptable amount of play? The BB alsospecifies a specialBaum tool ("B90") to remove the rear wheel bearings. Is there anothersubstitute (other than buying the special tool) or this one of thosequalified repair shop/Porsche dealership repairs? What other advice canyou offer about checking the play in the bearings and theirrepair/replacement?

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