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Old 12-12-2013, 07:18 PM
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EX eating hub bearings faster than I drive it. What could it be?

I have replaced my hub bearings on both driver and passenger side many times. I realize it must be something more to the problem. I know others grease their hubs so often as this is a common issue. Not like this though! It is to the point It will toast a hub bearing every hundred miles. They fail as fast as I replace them! Drivers side is currently toast again. Replaced as follows and getting worse.

Passenger side 147K miles - Duralast / Autozone
Drivers side 150K miles - Ebay / unknown brand
Drivers side 160,700K miles - Pep boys / unknown brand
Drivers side 164,040K miles - Timekin / Autozone
Passenger side 165K miles - Duralast / Autozone
Passenger side 165,465K miles - Timekin / Autozone
Passenger side 165,600K miles - Timekin / Autozone
Drivers side 165,700K miles - Current mileage / currently failed.

I don't keep my hubs locked. The U joints spin freely while hubs are not locked. This is getting old fast. I am ready to fix it! What could be the issue?
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:47 PM
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Getting dirt in the abs sensor hole on install??
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Old 12-12-2013, 07:50 PM
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Scott, I've never heard of this, my first Ex went at 154k on originals and I replaced with OEM and sold truck with 228k no problems.

My current Ex just had passenger side go at 125k, replaced last week with OEM will see how long they last.

Take it to Ford or buy the OEM they now have 24 months unlimited mile warranty.
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Old 12-14-2013, 12:46 AM
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I had this issue when I bought mine. The PO had replaced the factory hubs and left out one of the spacers on each side. Brand new timkens were shot in two weeks after I replaced them because I didn't realize the spacer was missing when I swapped everything out.
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:21 AM
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There is definitely something wrong there. Are you referring to the locking hub bearings or the main wheel bearing? I wouldn't fix it again until you get to the bottom of it.
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:31 AM
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I had this issue when I bought mine. The PO had replaced the factory hubs and left out one of the spacers on each side. Brand new timkens were shot in two weeks after I replaced them because I didn't realize the spacer was missing when I swapped everything out.
Spacers?

The ones that go on the axle shaft inside the hub? That's the only spacers I can remember.
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your ball joints ok? might be getting the wheel bearing worn confused with worn out ball joints. How is your alignment? Might be off where your putting a ton of stress on the wheel bearings. This is strange and have never heard of anyone going threw them so fast.
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ABS comes with the sensor installed, no dirt Inside. Brent, I am talking about the main wheel bearing sealed unit. Ball joints are tight, replaced at 136K. I thought it might be something to do with those spacers. I got the round plastic vacuum part first, then a round metal washer, then hexagon metal washer, and another round metal washer before the c-clip. It could be installer error - me. Here is how I have done it since the first one

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/10...l#post10232170


Oh crap I think I just figured out my fatal error!!!!!!!! looking back at that thread I realized the plastic washer goes in BEFORE the wheel bearing assembly. I have been installing that piece on the outside .
Should have followed my nice post from the first time. I shall take it apart and report back after another try
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Sammie (Christina) has already addressed this common problem, I don't know where the post is.
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I had this issue when I bought mine. The PO had replaced the factory hubs and left out one of the spacers on each side. Brand new timkens were shot in two weeks after I replaced them because I didn't realize the spacer was missing when I swapped everything out.
Good call on this one.


That is why I always used guzzle's page for removal and install. He even has the torque amounts needed to put everything back together.

I know EXv10 and others don't use a torque wrench, but some of us do!
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I know EXv10 and others don't use a torque wrench, but some of us do!
A what? Some of us have a calibrated elbow.
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A what? Some of us have a calibrated elbow.
Yep, that's right. After you tighten bolts all day every day 8 hours a day for 10 years you rarely need one. I did use them on head bolts and a few other things.
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Now I am confusing myself. No way all 4 pieces would fit before the c-clip. I don't remember even though I have done it enough times. Maybe it has something to do with the hub locks (Warn). +1 I don't own a torque wrench.
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Now I am confusing myself. No way all 4 pieces would fit before the c-clip. I don't remember even though I have done it enough times. Maybe it has something to do with the hub locks (Warn). +1 I don't own a torque wrench.
You don't need a torque wrench.........here;

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Yep, that's right. After you tighten bolts all day every day 8 hours a day for 10 years you rarely need one. I did use them on head bolts and a few other things.
Same here , rarely use my torque wrench . After wrenching for a living for almost 20 years , you get a feel for things
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