I just got done doing both front wheel bearings on my 2003 taurus.
1. Note: sprayed everything with WD-40 as I had access to bolts. Procedure requires two 15mm sockets.
2. Loosened Axle Nut to flush with end and hit with a rubber mallet to loosen. (Was'nt really all that tight.)
3. Jacked up car, removed wheel, took off brake caliper, took off brake bracket and took off rotor. (Had to tap rotor with rubber mallet to loosen)
4. Used puller to hold axle in about 1-1.5 inches
5. Sprayed the 3 bearing holding bolts on both bolt head end and little bit that sticks out the bearing collar
6. Loosened to lower bolts with 15mm short socket and 4 inch extension. Used rubber mallet to help loosen. (Note: Beside a good spray with WD-40 I also applied a torch to the bearing collar right next to where the bolts threads through).
7. On the upper bolt I took a 15mm short socket and put it on a 8 inch extension. I then slid the socket in from the side and positioned it on the bolt head. The extension ends up right against the ABS
ring so careful. I hit the extension lightly to make sure the socket was seated all the way.
8. Turned the wheel approximately 20- 30 degrees outward.
9. Put on a breaker bar and tapped with rubber mallet to loosen.
10. Note: this socket and extension stays in place during the replacement.
11. Loosened all the bolts and my wheel bearing just slid out (Used both socket and box end wrench)
12. Replaced wheel bearing and retightened bolts. (Make sure spline slides in properly)
13. Note: I had to play with the puller to keep the half-shaft compresses
14 Tightened 3 bearing bolts
15. Removed 15mm socket and 8 inch extension from the upper bolt by rotating extension 90 degrees and removing from the side
16. Removed puller and installed and tightened axle nut to pull axle into place
17. Installed rotor, brakes bracket, brake caliper and wheel
18. Lowered car and tightend axle nut and wheel nuts.
19. Viola Done!
2.5 hours for the first bearing - 1 hour for the second