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Do you need to drop the control arm to replace a front wheel bearing or can you get at those 4 bolts from behind without doing anything else?

I figure I need to remove the caliper, axle nut and rotor ---- anything else?

EDIT - DON'T FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW - LOOK AT THE INFO POSTED IN POST#2 FOR A MORE ACCURATE DESCRIPTION
I saw the link here http://volvospeed.com/Repair/FWDbearingHub.php - but our suspension is different - just looking for clarification.
 

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VADIS wants you to remove the entire spindle, not sure if that is really necessary, here are the directions

Replacing the front wheel hub
Special tools: 951 2050

Removing the front wheel hub
Remove the stub axle. See Wheel spindle, replacing
-Place the stub axle in a soft jawed vice.
Remove
-the four screws holding the hub to the stub axle
-the hub.

Installing the front wheel hub
Note! Ensure that the hub and the stub axle mating surfaces are clean.
-Install the hub. Use new screws
-Tighten crosswise. Tighten to 20 Nm. Then tighten to 65 Nm. Finally angle-tighten 60°. Use bevel protractor 951 2050
-Install the stub axle. See Wheel spindle, replacing

Removing the wheel spindle
Raise the car.
the wheel
-the anti-roll bar link from the spring strut. Use a Torx wrench as a counterhold so that the boot is not damaged
-the ABS sensor. Hang up the sensor using a piece of wire
-The ABS sensor cable from the spring strut.
-the brake caliper and limiter mounting screws
-the deflection limiter. Hang the caliper up using a piece of wire.
-the drive shaft screw. Use a screwdriver as a counterhold on the brake disc
-the locating pin holding the brake disc
-the brake disc.
Slacken off the end of the drive shaft in the hub by knocking the drive shaft into the hub approximately 10-15 mm. Use a rubber or copper mallet.
Measure the position of the wheel spindle and spring strut. See Wheel knuckle / spring strut, calibrating
-Slacken off both the screws retaining the spring strut in the wheel spindle. Do not remove the screws yet.
Remove the tie rod end from the steering arm.
Remove both the screws retaining the spring strut in the wheel spindle
-Press out the wheel spindle. At the same time pull the drive shaft from the transmission
-Hang the drive shaft from a hook 999 5045 .
Note! Take care not to damage the drive shaft boot.
Remove
-the sealing ring from the drive shaft.

Remove
-the nut on the ball joint. Use a Torx wrench as a counterhold so that the boot is not damaged
-wheel spindle

Installing the wheel spindle
Install
-the wheel spindle on the trailing arm
-a new nut on the ball joint. Tighten. See: Tightening torque . Use a Torx wrench as a counterhold to prevent damaging the boot.
Note! Make sure that the mating surfaces on the ball joint and link are clean.

Installing the sealing ring
-Note! Check that the sealing ring is not worn or damaged
Clean the splines on the drive shaft.
Turn in the wheel spindle and locate the drive shaft in the hub.
Install drive shaft screw and finger-tighten. Lubricate the screw
Loosely install both the screws retaining the spring strut in the wheel spindle. Use new screws and nuts
-the tie rod end onto the wheel spindle. Use a new nut. Tighten to 70 Nm.
Install
-Adjust the position of the wheel spindle and spring strut. See Wheel knuckle / spring strut, calibrating . Tighten the wheel spindle to the spring strut. Tighten to 105 Nm. Angle tighten to 90°. Use bevel protractor 951 2050
-the anti-roll bar link to the spring strut. Use a new nut. Tighten to 50 Nm. Counterhold with a Torx wrench so that the boot is not damaged
-the ABS sensor cable
-ABS sensor onto the wheel spindle. Tighten the ABS sensor. Tighten to 10 Nm.
Note! Ensure that the sensor seat in the wheel spindle is completely clean. Clean the ABS sensor with a soft brush.
the brake disc. Tighten the brake disc locating pin. Tighten to 8 Nm.
Note! Ensure that the brake disc and wheel rim hub mating surfaces are clean.
Tighten the drive shaft screw. See Tightening torque . Use a screwdriver as a counterhold on the brake disc.
the brake caliper and the limiter. Use new screws. Tighten to 100 Nm
-the wheel. See Installing wheels .
 

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Yeah, you basically remove everything. The bearing is in the hub, and the hub is the last thing to come off if you were to completely disassemble the wheel well area.
 
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