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Wheel Hub/Bearing Question

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Mr_Fruffles, March 18, 2017 at 12:29 AM.

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      Is it possible to buy a wheel hub and bearing already pressed or is that just not a thing? I cant seem to find one already pressed anywhere.

      Its for a 2004 explorer xlt btw
       
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      If it's 4x4 the front is all one unit with hub and bearing. If it's 2wd then front and rear have pressed in bearings and no they don't sell them that way. It'll cost ya but I would recommend a qualified shop to do it.
       
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      You're saying 2X4 Explorers used the same front hub and bearings as 4X4? Then, the splined inner bearing race had no connection with a splined axle shaft? How were those bearing assemblies held in the hub? I always pictured the 3-bolted hub assemblies which were affixed to the steering knuckle were 4X4 usage only. I thought the 2X4 units had a conventional pivoting spindle with bearings contained within the hub, squeezed in place by a nut and retainer, like in the old days. Am I wrong? imp
       
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      Yes, you are wrong.

      Here is a 2WD model:



      If you look closely the splines are all rusty from not being used.
       
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      Well thanks for making me aware! In retrospect, 4X4 models are more prevalent, and making up a different spindle system just for 2X4s would not make too much sense. imp
       

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