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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-02-2001, 07:03 PM
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Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

95 Bronco Eddie Bauer 302 with E4OD and factory automatic hubs. Got that out of the way. I changed the factory automatic hubs to Superwinch manuals. My real question is what is the correct procedure and torque for tightening the front wheel bearings. I learned that the 95 & 96 have a different wheel bearing nut than anything in any of the manuals I can find. It is different than any of my other Dana 44 fronts. Every procedure calls for an inner and outer locknut with different torques. Mine has only one locknut for the bearings with a semicircle locking pin the slips into the splines of the spindle and locknut. I had to get a special locknut socket called a rounded hex style, it's not any of the standard 4x4 spindle nuts or even the special Ford only style that has to be compressed to disengage the automatic locking feature. Anybody got the correct procedure and torque specs for this version? This is the wife's truck and I don't want bearing failure or loose bearings to cause a spindle to break going down the road, or anything like that.

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Re: Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

That design sounds nice, mine is a PITA to get setup right. Basically just follow the haynes procedure for the inner lock nut, then keep tightening until you can lock that pin into the nut (if i understand your description). I always have trouble getting mine right, but from what most people say it seems you want it as loose as possible without any freeplay in any direction. good luck... Steve probably knows the right answer though.


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Re: Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

Here are the torque specs for your Bronco. Hope this helps.

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Re: Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

Nope! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img] That's why I wasn't posting. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] I've never gotten inside a '95-96 auto hub.


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Re: Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

SGT6017, those are the same tightening specs for my 86. You sure thats also for a 95- 96? I believe you have to put the earlier style adjusting nuts when putting manual hubs on laters anyways. I would call superwinch and ask them...

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Re: Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

That looks like the same page out of my Chilton's for up to '86. None of my Chilton's or Haynes manuals address this particular style of locknut.

Broncomania I know what you are refering to about changing the style of locknut, however all of the references to this are for the one of the other 2 style of standard Dana 44 double locknuts. I see no reason to change them. I believe the design is more than adequate to hold the wheel on. I just want to get the bearing tightened correctly. I put new tires on Saturday and thought to check the bearing while it was up on the rack since I thought I had a warped rotor. I retightened the bearings up by the haynes specs for late model IFS yesterday afternooon. It helped some but I don't feel like they are tight enough. It may just be an early warning sign of bearing failure. I'll have to keep an eye on it.

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Re: Correct Wheel Bearing tightness???

Is it the internally ratcheting style? If so, tighten to 45-55 lbs while spinning the hub to seat the bearings and then back off 5 clicks. If this isn't what you have, sorry - can't help.

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No it is not that style but thanks for trying.

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BRONCOMANIA, I'M NOT SURE AS TO WHAT YOUR SPECS ARE FOR YOUR '86, BUT THE 1995 TRUCK AND VAN REPAIR MANUAL 1991-1995 CHILTON PART NO. 7911 THAT I SCANNED HAD THOSE SPECS FOR CAREY'S '95 BRONC.

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Opps, sorry for the caps lock.

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