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How to: 2002 Explorer rear wheel bearing replacement (pictures)

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by Tyler92, August 15, 2009.

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  1. Alan at work

    Alan at work New Member

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    I realize number 12 is prolly done by now but this is what I found. Idk about pivoting down but I got my drive shaft out with the top of the knuckle still attached to the upper ball joint. I busted the bottom bolt loose and tapped that out, couldn't get the toe link out so I disconnected the arm from the center chassis. Then I was able to tilt the knuckle up far enough to get the splined axle out the back. There was quite a bit of allowable inward travel on the drive shaft. Then I rotated the knuckle on the top ball joint 180, still with the control arm or whatever arm that is. I had a heck of a job getting the ball top joint out. After trying a chisel in the top of the crack (I was told the top of the crack is where you get the best results) I found a wedge and tried lower down the crack and was able to catch the tip of the ball joint at the same time driving it up and out. I should have done some homework first because there is some good video on youtube.

    I incorrectly assumed the ball joint had a tapered pin but it isn't. Although it seemed once I had budged the pin a little it got easier to drive out. Dunno what made me think it was tapered.
     
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  3. Alan at work

    Alan at work New Member

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    Oh yeah,
    Never did get the toe link ball joint off. I sent it to the shop with the arm attached. Got the assembly back yesterday, should go back in the same with arm still attached I hope.

    Let you know if there's any snags
     
  4. dla

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    Gotta use a cold-steel chisel to spread the pinch bolt.
     
  5. tod701

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    My apologies if this has already been addressed.
    I searched for a while before posting.

    What is the correct part number for the rear axle nut for a 2005?
    My nut appears to be 22mm with a 35 (or 36) hex and I keep getting sold 20mm (32 hex).
     
  6. Number Twelve

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    My book says, N808405-S100
    because, "safety"...
    and the cash flow caused by designing a car with parts that can only be used once.

    My lawyer says, "Do not use blue Loc-tite.":nono:
    That's the "medium" strength. Red is "High Strength".

    I tried Red. It took about 450 ft-lbs to get the nut back off.:eek:
    Have you ever bounced your whole self on the end of a two foot long breaker bar?:D
    Then I put it back on with Blue Loc-tite.

    Then I thought about how often a 200 ft-lb nut loosens up by itself.:rolleyes:
    Yeah, like my lawyer says, these things fall off all the time.
    I don't think so.
    If that nut falls off my car I'll warn you at your next seance.;)
     
  7. Michelle baumann

    Michelle baumann New Member

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    How long can you drive with worn wheel bearing hubs? My front drivers side is making noise but I can't get it fixed until next week..
     
  8. lincolnshibuya

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  9. 07gtman

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    now i have read it nice job thanks ..i have 2 mountaineers this will be happening for me soon...
     
  10. Snowcone

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    Just replaced the rear again for the 4th time.
    This time I just did the one that failed instead of doing them both. It always the passenger side that fails on mine first.
    I typically get 2 years out of a Chinese one so last time I ordered Timkens at 3 times the price and guess what - they lasted 2 years so Chinese are going back in.
    Completed corroded out with rust even though this car has never seen the beach or the river, just normal road water.
    I had hoped that each time they would come out easier but thsi has not been the case.
    This time I couldn't even get the hub pressed out of the bearing.
    I had to use the gas axe on both the hub and then the bearing too. Fortunately I now have a few spare hubs kicking around
    1/2 an hour to get the hub assembly off, 3 hours farting around the get the bearing out and new one in, and 1/2 hour to reassemble - and I have done this enough times to know all the shortcuts!!!
    Stupid Ford
     
  11. SPSully

    SPSully Active Member

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    as of recently, Moog sells complete knuckles with bearings. I forget who makes hte bearings, but Moog puts their name on the line with them so they arent terrible.
     
  12. rocco123

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    I have replaces all of the bearings on my 02 twice. If you plan on keeping the truck, get a press to do them yourself. Inner races are not sealed, so they usually start to rust.
     
  13. SPSully

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    Or use better bearings. I have done all 4 with sks bearings and haven't had any problems. I'm at 249k
     

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