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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-20-2003, 09:23 PM
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I have a 1990 Bronco with factory manual hubs. I am going to attempt to replace the front wheel bearing myself. Is there a site that shows detailed instructions to do this? The Chiltons book is not any help. I want to replace both inner and outer bearings as well as the spindle bearings. What specials tools will I need?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 08-21-2003, 02:10 AM
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Re: front wheel bearings

Do yourself a favor and buy a Haynes manual! That's how I taught myself to do it years ago, and it's really easy after the first one you do. Your truck might differ from this but it should give you the idea:
http://www.superford.org/registry/ve...=12739#content
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The two tools that you cannot live without are the large 4 prong socket for taking out the locknut assembly. These run about $25.00 at Checker Auto parts. And you will need a slide hammer to pull the races. You can get along without a slide hammer as long as you have a long brass or alum. drift punch. The hardest part of this is getting the stupid c-clip out of hub assembly, I usually waste more time with this than the rest of the job. I finally got smart the other day when I was resealing my diff and bent the ends up a little so I can grab onto them easier with a dental tool.

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Re: front wheel bearings

I've replaced probably 20 sets of wheel bearings (not all on my truck) and never needed a slide hammer... I drive the old races out from behind with a long flathead and drive the new ones in using the old race flipped over on top of the new one with a big bolt working around the circle. A bearing/seal driver would make it easier to drive it in square but I've never bothered to get one because this method works fine. You must have the 4-prong socket though, and I believe I got mine at NAPA for around $15.
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Re: front wheel bearings

Yeah well, beware of that advice if you have not disassembled the spindle lately. To get my spindle off required a healthy dose of slide hammer AND spindle adapter, period. It was the absolute best/cheapest tool purhcase I have to date. If I had just known, and ponied up a bit of $$ from the git go, it would have saved MAJOR time. Once I had that, It came off like cake. When you reassemble, use the permatex anti-seize. you wouldn't need the tool if just doing the hub bearings, but since you mentioned spindle bearings...

the job is not difficult, so don't let me scare you off. With proper tools you can be into the guts in 20 minutes tops.
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I have done the bearing races both way and once I got the slide hammer I will never go back. Plus it was cheap from our friends at Harbor Freight. As if I need a reason to go to that store [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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