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.