Drivetrain: Replace Carrier Bearing

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Replacing the carrier bearings is a lengthy repair. If your car has some age on it chances are they are worn and can create knocking problems or excess vibration.

Tools Needed

  • Various Hand Tools
  • Screwdrivers
  • Impact Wrench (not necessary but it makes the job many times easier)
  • Jacks
  • Jack Stands (A MUST! when you are working under the car)
  • Gear Puller (three jaw is best)

Parts Needed

Qty Part Number Part Name Notes
2x MB505495 Carrier Bearings
4x MB505283 Carrier Bearing Insulator If yours are worn
4x MB505284 Carrier Bearing Insulator
1x MB837572 Lobro Joint Boot Kit If you need to replace your boot
.35qt n/a Transfer Case GL-4 Rated Gear Oil Redline Shockproof Heavy recommended

Preparation

  1. Jack up the car and place on jack stands
  2. Remove the fill plug from the transfer case
  3. Remove the drain plug and drain the fluid


Replacing the Carrier Bearings in a Mitsubishi 3000GT/GTO VR4 or Dodge Stealth RT/TT

Unbold the Driveshaft

  1. Mark where the driveshaft meets up to the rear differential. This is so that the orientation is maintained upon installation and remove the four bolts. Leave one in to hold it as you remove the rest of the shaft.
    Driveshaft meets rear differential
  2. Support the driveshaft with a few jacks or some blocks. You don't want it to drop or bend at the lobro joint too much.
  3. Unbolt the two nuts at the rear carrier bearing. They are lock nuts so they will be tight the whole length of the stud. There may be some spacers so be sure to keep track of which stud they are on.
    Rear carrier bearing
  4. Unbolt the exhaust hanger and then the remaining two nuts holding on the front carrier bearing.
    Front carrier bearing
  5. Drop the shaft. Once you have everything unbolted you can drop the shaft and pull it out of the transfercase. Leave an oil pan underneath the transfercase as some gear oil will come out. Again be sure to keep the shaft straight, a second hand will help here. Also be sure not to scratch the end that goes into the transfercase and is a good idea to wrap and tape it.
    Driveshaft meets transfer case

Remove the Front and Rear Carrier Bearings

Here you see the shaft out of the car. The lobro joint is that between the two bearings.

Driveshaft (removed from car)
  1. Make a mating mark between the front shaft and the rear two. This is so they may be lined up upon assembly.
  2. Unbolt the four bolts.
    Front and Rear connected
    Front and Rear disconnected

  3. Make a mark on the center shaft and the companion flange.
    Front companion joint marked
  4. Unbolt the nut inside the on front companion joint. It is on there with 137ft lbs, impact wrench works nicely here, otherwise you will have to put the shaft in a vise. Be sure to remove the washer underneath.
    Unbolted nut from the front companion joint
  5. Use a puller to pull off the companion flange.
    Remove the companion flange with the puller
    The front companion flange removed

  6. Pry off the outside of the carrier bearing. It might take some force (pictured is the rear bearing but the process is the same)
    Pry off the outer rubber from the carrier bearing
    The outside rubber/bracket removed

  7. Use a gear puller to remove the rest of the bearing.
    Pull the front carrier bearing
    Front carrier bearing removed

  8. Mark the rear shaft, center shaft, companion flange, and lobro joint. This is to ensure alignment.
    Mark the rear/center shaft, companion and lobro joint
  9. Unbolt the lobro joint from the companion flange. There will be a lot of grease inside, I would recommend wearing gloves at this point.
    Unbolt the lobro joint
  10. Unbolt the nut from the rear companion flange. Be sure to remove the washer from inside as well.
    Unbolt the nut from the rear companion flange
    Unbolted nut from the rear companion flange

  11. Pull the rear companion flange off.
    Pull off the rear companion flange
  12. Pry off the outside of the carrier bearing. It might take some force.
    Pry off the outer rubber from the carrier bearing
  13. Pull the rest of the bearing off.
    Remove the rear carrier bearing

Install the New Carrier Bearings

At this point you may start installation of the bearings. If you need to replace your lobro boot continue on below.

There are two sides to the carrier bearing, one has a dust sheild (shown below) and should always face the companion flange.

The dust shield side of a carrier bearing

Install the bearing, and the companion flange making sure to align all marks previously made. Use the companion flange to tighten and press the bearing back on. Torque to 137 ft lbs.

Install the new carrier bearings

Reassemble Driveshaft

At this point you can reinstall making sure to align all marks made. Don't forget to fill the transfercase.

Driveshaft Assembly Diagram


This article originated from a page on Antoni's 3000GT/Stealth Website by Toni.