1996-2007 Front Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement - Taurus Car Club of America : Ford Taurus Forum
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
1996-2007 Front Wheel Bearing Hub Replacement

OK Ladies and Gents of TCCA, being that I had to replace the front wheel bearing on my 03 Sable I figured I would make a writeup as other ones no longer have pictures to go along with the text. LOTS of pictures here so if you are on a slow internet connection, grab a coffee and hold on. This writeup shows you how to get the wheel bearing off without having to remove the ball joint from the LCA!

This applies to all Gen3 and Gen4 Bulls (1996-2007)

List of tools:
- Floor jack
- Jack Stand
- 2lb Sledgehammer(or whatever BFH you have)
- Long breaker bar, or long tube which is what I used
- Penetrating oil of your choice
- 30mm socket(1/2" ratchet)
- 10mm, 15mm, and 18mm sockets(3/8" ratchet)
- 15mm wrench
- Anti seize

Mechanical difficulty level(1-5): 3

Your results may vary, this is for informational purposes only. Neither I, nor TCCA, are responsible for what you do to your car. If this is beyond your skillset, please take your vehicle to a qualified mechanic for repairs!


First thing's first. What I recommend doing is soaking the wheel bearing housing where it mates to the steering knuckle a day in advance with your favorite penetrating oil. The 2 dissimilar metals of the hub and the knuckle can fuse together making it extremely difficult, especially if you live in the rust belt.

This is the penetrating oil I use:



First, apply your parking brake and chock up a rear to keep the car stationary! Safety first.

Next, take the center cap of your wheel off:



The axle nut, seen here, needs to be broken free while the car is on the ground. The bolt is 30mm:




My axle was new, but you will more than likely have rust on the threads. Spray with penetrating oil, then crack it free:



At this point, loosen(do not take off) your lug nuts while the car is on the ground:



Jack your car up:



Now take the lug nuts off and remove the wheel.



I like to place a jack stand under the subframe as it gives a nice and sturdy location to keep the car secured in the air. Make sure that you support your car properly! You do not want to be under the car or in the wheel well if a jack gives out! Safety first, use your head.






___MORE___
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	19.jpg
Views:	1910
Size:	76.2 KB
ID:	150353   Click image for larger version

Name:	1.jpg
Views:	1858
Size:	102.4 KB
ID:	150361   Click image for larger version

Name:	2.jpg
Views:	1872
Size:	84.3 KB
ID:	150369   Click image for larger version

Name:	3.jpg
Views:	1892
Size:	175.1 KB
ID:	150377  

Click image for larger version

Name:	4.jpg
Views:	1935
Size:	237.7 KB
ID:	150385   Click image for larger version

Name:	5.jpg
Views:	1911
Size:	321.7 KB
ID:	150393   Click image for larger version

Name:	6.jpg
Views:	1798
Size:	158.7 KB
ID:	150401   Click image for larger version

Name:	7.jpg
Views:	1958
Size:	211.5 KB
ID:	150409  

Click image for larger version

Name:	8.jpg
Views:	1803
Size:	122.3 KB
ID:	150417  

John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Last edited by sousa632; 07-17-2015 at 07:25 PM.
sousa632 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
Now comes the fun part. Disassembly.

Remove the 15mm bolts that hold the caliper bracket to the knuckle:



I do this to get myself a lot more swing room. Remove this 10mm bolt which connects the caliper hose to the strut so you can swing the whole caliper out of the way:



Now carefully take the caliper and bracket off the rotor and move it out of the way. I put it on a cinderblock so it doesn't stretch the line. Be careful not to kink or break the line if it's brittle:



Remove the rotor and you are down to the hub:



At this point, here is where you need to spray the hub with penetrating oil. Spray liberally where the hub inserts into the knuckle



Remove the 30mm axle bolt all the way and remove the thick washer:



Now time to remove the tie rod end. Remove the castle nut cotter pin and remove the 18mm nut:



Now..... get your breaker bar under the tie rod end between the knuckle and TRE, and while applying downward pressure, tap on the knuckle with a hammer till the tapered end pops out. Be EXTREMELY careful because if you are not paying attention, you or a tool can go flying! This keeps your TRE boot intact without using a pickle fork to get it out:




___MORE____
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	9.jpg
Views:	2789
Size:	91.5 KB
ID:	150433   Click image for larger version

Name:	12.jpg
Views:	1845
Size:	294.5 KB
ID:	150441   Click image for larger version

Name:	13.jpg
Views:	1846
Size:	114.6 KB
ID:	150449   Click image for larger version

Name:	14.jpg
Views:	2057
Size:	329.0 KB
ID:	150457  

Click image for larger version

Name:	15.jpg
Views:	1869
Size:	321.1 KB
ID:	150465   Click image for larger version

Name:	16.jpg
Views:	1862
Size:	94.1 KB
ID:	150473   Click image for larger version

Name:	18.jpg
Views:	1763
Size:	101.7 KB
ID:	150481   Click image for larger version

Name:	20.jpg
Views:	1794
Size:	111.6 KB
ID:	150489  


John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
sousa632 is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
Now we are down to the wheel bearing/hub. Here you see the 3 bolts that need to be removed to get it out. They are 15mm as well.




Being that the TRE is no longer attached to the knuckle, you can move the knuckle by hand and get a longer range of turn. Now turn the knuckle to the left to expose the front of the knuckle. Push the shaft of the axle as far back as possible to expose as much of the rear of the hub as possible. Grab your 15mm wrench and remove the forward lower bolt:




They will not back all the way out so just get it loose so it's not attached to the hub anymore.



Turn the knuckle the opposite direction and remove the other lower bolt with your 15mm wrench. Same thing.... it will not come all the way out, just get it out of the hub so it's no longer attached.





___ MORE___
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	21.jpg
Views:	1761
Size:	160.5 KB
ID:	150497   Click image for larger version

Name:	23.jpg
Views:	1811
Size:	120.9 KB
ID:	150505   Click image for larger version

Name:	24.jpg
Views:	1756
Size:	115.7 KB
ID:	150513   Click image for larger version

Name:	25.jpg
Views:	1763
Size:	97.2 KB
ID:	150521  

Click image for larger version

Name:	26.jpg
Views:	1785
Size:	114.4 KB
ID:	150529   Click image for larger version

Name:	27.jpg
Views:	1738
Size:	90.2 KB
ID:	150537   Click image for larger version

Name:	28.jpg
Views:	1742
Size:	94.4 KB
ID:	150545  

John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
sousa632 is offline  
 
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
Now for the dreaded(for us with ABS) upper bolt. If you don't have ABS, then you will be able to reach that bolt without a problem with a 6" extension and a short 15mm socket.

Here you can see the bolt, and what little room you have to get anything in there:




What I did is turn the knuckle back to the left to expose the front of the knuckle as there's more room to work on that side. Be sure to push the axle shaft back as far as you can. I put my thumbs on the shaft and fingers behind the hub and push with my thumbs as far as it'll go.

For my 3/8" ratchet(1/2" will be too wide so use the 3/8") I used a 6" extension with a short 15mm socket as shown here:



This takes a little finesse but its do-able. Take that and put it between the knuckle and the ABS tone ring like this:



Then turn it so you can get the socket on the nut. There is almost no room to get it in there, but it absolutely will fit in there. You might be able to get an extra MM or 2 if you push down on the axle very slightly. At this point you need to use your better judgment to get it in there like this:



Remove the bolt. Just like the others, it will not come out all the way so just get it disconnected from the hub.

Now that the bolts are out, it's time to knock that assembly out of there! Grab your BFH and tap on it to get it loose. BE CAREFUL! The knuckle is aluminum so using light, alternating hits(top/bottom, laft/right) it should knock it loose to where you can grab it and pull it out.



And it's out. The worse part is over...... take a breath!




____MORE____
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	22.jpg
Views:	1734
Size:	265.6 KB
ID:	150577   Click image for larger version

Name:	29.jpg
Views:	1699
Size:	77.6 KB
ID:	150585   Click image for larger version

Name:	30.jpg
Views:	1685
Size:	253.9 KB
ID:	150593   Click image for larger version

Name:	31.jpg
Views:	1738
Size:	68.3 KB
ID:	150601  

Click image for larger version

Name:	33.jpg
Views:	1753
Size:	311.7 KB
ID:	150609   Click image for larger version

Name:	34.jpg
Views:	1711
Size:	110.9 KB
ID:	150617   Click image for larger version

Name:	35.jpg
Views:	1715
Size:	101.4 KB
ID:	150625  

John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
sousa632 is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
Now that it's out, you have to clean the knuckle up. Clean out the center and mating surface shown here:



Now that it's clean, put some anti seize on the circular mating surface so if you ever need to do it again, they will come apart easily.

Here you can see that the hub assembly can only go on one way.



Center the knuckle so it's straight, put the hub assembly over the axle shaft and carefully slide it into the knuckle, putting it in the right orientation to tighten it back up.




Now that it's in, reverse the order of removal starting with the top bolt, and working down to the 2 lower bolts:





Your wheel bearing is now secured!

___MORE___
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	36.jpg
Views:	1724
Size:	121.2 KB
ID:	150633   Click image for larger version

Name:	37.jpg
Views:	2133
Size:	269.7 KB
ID:	150641   Click image for larger version

Name:	38.jpg
Views:	1747
Size:	252.8 KB
ID:	150649   Click image for larger version

Name:	39.jpg
Views:	1746
Size:	249.1 KB
ID:	150657  

Click image for larger version

Name:	40.jpg
Views:	1722
Size:	262.8 KB
ID:	150665   Click image for larger version

Name:	41.jpg
Views:	1736
Size:	91.7 KB
ID:	150673   Click image for larger version

Name:	42.jpg
Views:	1730
Size:	119.7 KB
ID:	150681  

John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
sousa632 is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
Make sure the knuckle is still straight, reinstall the axle washer and nut, then tighten it as snug as you can get:





Reinstall your tie rod end into the knuckle. Tighten the 18mm castle nut and don't forget the cotter pin!



Put your rotor back on and secure it with one of the lugnuts so it does not move around on you:



Now reinstall your caliper and bracket securing it with the 15mm bolts you removed:



DO NOT FORGET to reconnect the caliper hose bracket to the strut!!



Make sure you didn't forget to tighten anything back up. This is your last chance

Remove the lugnut you put on the rotor to hold it in place, then put your tire back on. Raise the car, remove the jack stand, then lower the car. At this point you need to torque the axle nut to 185 Ft lbs.

With that done, Torque your lug nuts to 100 ft lbs, then put back on your center cap.





Sit back, crack open a beer, or 3 and take your car for a drive after cleaning up.




Congratulations.......... you just replaced your wheel bearing/hub assembly!!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	43.jpg
Views:	1762
Size:	71.5 KB
ID:	150697   Click image for larger version

Name:	44.jpg
Views:	1772
Size:	88.2 KB
ID:	150705   Click image for larger version

Name:	45.jpg
Views:	1782
Size:	67.8 KB
ID:	150713   Click image for larger version

Name:	46.jpg
Views:	1818
Size:	83.4 KB
ID:	150721  

Click image for larger version

Name:	47.jpg
Views:	1793
Size:	81.4 KB
ID:	150729   Click image for larger version

Name:	48.jpg
Views:	1688
Size:	97.0 KB
ID:	150737   Click image for larger version

Name:	49.jpg
Views:	1720
Size:	100.5 KB
ID:	150745   Click image for larger version

Name:	50.jpg
Views:	1793
Size:	177.3 KB
ID:	150753  


John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
sousa632 is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 07:08 PM
Play Nice or Don't Play

 
jag1959's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 1998
Model: Ford Taurus SHO
Engine: 3.4L Yamaha V8
Posts: 14,835
Rep Power: 120
       
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Thank you for the great write up John! Posted a link in the TF. You left out a pic though



See what I did there? Made sure I used your flavor

It's SHO time!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Last edited by jag1959; 07-17-2015 at 07:11 PM.
jag1959 is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
I'll Be Watching You!

 
sousa632's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Forked River, NJ
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 2007
Model: OTHER
Engine: OTHER
Posts: 14,346
Rep Power: 84
    
Trader Score: 2 reviews
Quote:
Originally Posted by jag1959 View Post
Thank you for the great write up John! Posted a link in the TF. You left out a pic though



See what I did there? Made sure I used your flavor
Thanks Mark. Unfortunately no Miller High Life in the house, so I had to live with Corona

John
2007 Pontiac Torrent, 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS
sousa632 is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 07:46 PM
Play Nice or Don't Play

 
jag1959's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Chapter: Northeast
Year: 1998
Model: Ford Taurus SHO
Engine: 3.4L Yamaha V8
Posts: 14,835
Rep Power: 120
       
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Ah, the joys of being multicultural. Although I think the job merits a taste of your favorite, it would be deserving of at least a couple of fingers of straight from the freezer CR here.

It's SHO time!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
jag1959 is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-17-2015, 08:15 PM
Devoted Member
 
Dirty White Bull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Northeast Ohio
Chapter: Midwest
Year: 2001
Model: Ford Taurus
Engine: 3.0L 24v Duratec V6
Posts: 1,304
Rep Power: 20
 
Trader Score: 0 reviews
Awesome write-up!

Tyson
No matter where you go, the first person that you meet when you get there will be yourself


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Dirty White Bull is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Taurus Car Club of America : Ford Taurus Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Torquing the front wheel bearing axle nut tread Maintenance and Repair 18 06-05-2015 03:01 PM
98 Wheel Bearing replacement? fordcdn Suspension, Handling and Brakes 27 05-04-2015 12:49 PM
Wheel bearing and wheel hub part question procter Maintenance and Repair 0 10-30-2014 11:57 AM
Front wheel hub replacement question Opfor2 Maintenance and Repair 11 07-20-2014 12:02 PM
Wheel bearing replacement on 1992 Sable compcat Maintenance and Repair 0 06-14-2013 05:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome