I have a slightly bent rear axle stub (2002 Jetta TDI) so I'm replacing both the rear stub and bearing this week. Received my parts from RMEuropean.com who I've had good luck. Also, followed some good online procedures.
Problem is after removing the stub and bearing, installing the new stub axle successfully, I then had difficulty placing the new bearing onto the stub.
With calipers I measured the od of the stub at 1.18", and the id of the bearing at 1.785". This seems to be a miss-match. I believe to have a good slip fit a clearance of 0.010" is needed. The online procedures/ videos show a smooth/ good fit.
Well I pushed the bearing very hard onto the stub. The stub then was stuck (only partially down the stub). I then had to use a puller to remove the bearing resulting in a damaged bearing (rear racing).
Will contact RMeuropean to get their advise. Seems like the hub id is undersize. The old stub od is also 1.18". Unless there is a special press fit to assemble the bearing onto the stub my only conclusion is the bearing is out of tolerance.
If anyone else has experience with installing the rear stub and axle would appreciate your input.
Reference install procesures:
Rear Bearing Replacement Jetta 2000