Ford F-150: How to Replace Your Wheel Hub and Bearings

If the ABS light stays on, the steering feels loose, your car vibrates, or you hear noises when driving at high speeds, it is time to replace your wheel hub. Fixing the bearing is important and if not repaired, your wheel may begin to separate from the vehicle or create issues when steering.

By Makeda - November 6, 2014

The wheel hub of your truck is a critical component in attaching your wheels to the suspension. When they start to go, you'll notice clunks in the wheel well while cornering and steering problems. There are a number of different indicators that are easy to notice to find out if you need a new hub. If the ABS light stays on, the steering feels loose, your car vibrates, or you hear noises when driving at high speeds, it could be time to replace your wheel hub. If you don't, your steering will worsen until the wheel hub completely fails and the wheels separate from your truck.

Materials Needed

  • Hammer
  • Flat head
  • Hand tools
  • Breaker wrench
  • 1/2” drive Impact
  • 1/2” drive Breaker Bar
  • 3/8” drive Ratchet
  • Pry bars
  • 1/2” Drive torque wrench
  • Ford rear hub socket
  • 13/16” for lug nuts
  • 18mm for rear brake caliper mounting bracket bolts
  • 12mm for rear brake caliper mounting bolts
  • Puller
  • Punch Set
  • Blue Loctite
  • Brake Cleaner
  • Jack and Stands

Step 1 - Remove wheel from truck

Loosen the lug nuts of the wheel you'll be working on while he truck is on the ground. Raise that corner of the the truck with a jack, until the tire is free from the ground. Lower the truck onto a jackstand and finish removing the wheel.

Step 2 - Unbolt caliper from brake disc

Remove the caliper and unclip the rubber brake line. Make sure to check if it is in good shape. If it is not in good condition, it will need to be replaced. Slide the caliper off the rotor and set—or hang it—in a safe place. DO NOT leave the caliper hanging by the brake lines.

  • Brake Caliper Bolt Removal
    Figure 1. There are two bolts holding the caliper to the disk.
  • Brake caliper removed
    Figure 2. Rest the caliper on a bucket or set it somewhere in the wheel well. Don't leave it hanging.
Figure 3. Rotor after with brake caliper removed.

Step 4 - Pop off wheel bearing cap

Remove the cover and take the 13mm nut off by holding the shaft.

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Step 6 - Unbolt hub from wheel spindle

Use an 18mm socket to detatch the four bolts holding the hub to the wheel spindle

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Step 5 - Remove wheel hub and bearing

Remove the wheel bearing and hub by plling it out. use your breaker bar for leverage if it's stuck.

  • Figure 10. Old wheel bearing
  • Figure 11. New wheel bearing
Figure 12. New and old wheel hub

Step 6 - Install new hardware

Install new wheel hub to steering knuckle with four 18mm bolts. Reinstall the 13mm wheel bearing center nut and bearing cap. Reinstall brake caliper bracket and brake calipers. Reinstall your wheels and lower the truck off it's jack stands.

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