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How do you replace the hub bearing assembly on a 2002 Ford Explorer two wheel drive V6?

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2006-03-07 23:49:04
2006-03-07 23:49:04

Before jacking have a friend apply preasure to the brake peddal and loosen 36mm wheel nut 1/4 turn. Jack up and remove lug nuts, wheel and tire. Remove 2 bolts holding caliper and slide off caliper. Remove 36mm nut. Remove disk ,brake shoe retracting spring on (top), remove brake shoe adjusting spring (bottom), remove brake adjuster screw and shoe hold down springs. Remove emergency shoes.( When reinstalling set shoe dia. to 107mm)(4.212") Remove nut and bolt from toe link. Remove nut and bolt from upper ball joint. Connect a puller to lug studs and push center shaft to push out splined halfshaft. Finally remove the lower ball joint nut and bolt. Remove the wheel knuckle hub and bearing as an assembly. On a bench remove 3 bolts holding the knuckle. Press out hub from bearing using a good size press as the bearing is a good size. Remove retainer ring holding the bearing in the knuckle.(make sure you reinstall the same way as one side is tapered). Reinstall a new hub and bearing. Torque 36mm nut to 203 ft.lbs. I used Federal-Mogul bearing # 516008 (bearing dimensions are approximately 85mm o.d.x 47mm i.d.x 45mm wide. As you can see that a good size press may be needed. I used a 36mm socket to remove wheel nut. I paid $150 for the hub and bearing.

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