Special tools required:
Hub Puller 205-405
Hub Removal Clips 205-204
Remove Wheel and tire assembly
Remove the brake disc
Install Hub Removal Clips
Install the Hub Puller Align the puller with three slots in the hub lock Tighten the set screw finger-tight
Using the slide hammer remove the hub lock
CAUTION Whenever the hub lock is removed the O-ring must be installed new. Failure to do so may allow vacuum leaks causing loss of four wheel drive operations and contamination of the hub lock vacuum system
Remove and discard the wheel hub O-ring
remove the brake disc shield. Remove the retaining bolts and the brake disc shield
CAUTION The axle shaft retainer ring must be installed new every time it is removed from the axle shaft. Failure to do so can cause damage to the wheel hub or the axle shaft.
Note: Pull inward on the constant velocity joint outer shaft to aid in removal of the retainer ring. Using a suitable pair of snap ring pliers remove the axle shaft retainer ring.
Disconnect the vacuum hose and if equipped, the ABS harness electrical connector
Disconnect the vacuum hose and if equipped, four ABS harness retainers from the frame.
Remove the tie-rod castellated nut Remove and discard the cotter pin. remove the castellated nut
Using the special tool (211-003), disconnect the tie-rod end
Remove the three wheel hub and bearing mounting bolts.
CAUTION: If any dirt, metal shavings mouisture or corrosion is found in the hub or the hub bore in the knuckle, a new hub lock vacuum valve must be installed.
CAUTION: The wheel hub and bearing are not repairable. The bearing preload cannot be readjusted. If the bearing retaining nut on the wheel hub and bearing is removed a new wheel hub and bearing must be installed.
CAUTION: Do not allow the axle shaft to rest on the knuckle main seal. Failure to follow these instructions can damage the main seal.
Note: The wheel hub and bearing is a slip-fit design and should not reqire a puller tool for removal.
Remove the wheel hub and bearing Carefully pull the axle shaft out of the knuckle. Secure the axle shaft with mechanic's wire.
CAUTION: Whenever the wheel hub is removed the O-ring must be installed new. Failure to do so can allow vacuum leaks causing loss of four wheel drive operations and contamination of the hub lock vacuum system.
Remove the bearing/knuckle O-ring
CAUTION: The thrust washer must never be reused. Install a new thrust washer whenever it is removed. Failure to do so can cause damage to the wheel hub and the axle shaft.
CAUTION: Never loosen or remove the large nut on the wheel hub and bearing. The bearing preload is factory preset and is not adjustable. The wheel hub and bearing cannot be greased or repacked Removal of the large nut can cause loss of wheel bearing preload and severe damage to the wheel hub and bearing.
Remove the thrust washer.
Remove the needle bearing set. Install the bearing Cup Puller. Install the Impact Slide Hammer. Remove the caged needle bearing.
CAUTION: The wheel hub is not repairable. Any attempt to repair the wheel hub can cause severe damage to the vehicle's suspension/front drive axle, loss of four wheel drive operations and wheel end contamination
CAUTION: If the wheel hub has excessive metals particles present in the axle shaft bore area the vehicle's vacuum system must be flushed out and tested for correct operation. Failure to do so will cause severe damage to the wheel end seals, hub lock vacuum valve and the vehicle's vacuum system.
CAUTION: The wheel hub and bearing is not serviceable. The bearing preload cannot be readjusted. If the bearing retaining nut on the wheel hub and bearing is removed, the wheel hub and bearing must be installed new.
Note: Inspect the bearing preload nut and bore slots to ensure that the slots are aligned If the slots are not aligned or the slots are damage, install a new wheel hub and bearing
Clean and inspect the wheel hub. Inspect the axle shaft bore for scoring and excessive wear. Inspect the needle bearing bore for scoring, blueing and excessive wear. Inspect the wheel hub sealed bearing for excessive loosness or binding.
Reinstallation is the reverse.
Recommendation is to buy a Service Manual for this level of DIY or let your superior trained Ford Technican do it for you. It might be less than you expect. At least ask for an estimate.
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