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How to replace real wheel bearing '02 XLT?

Sun Diego

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Hi everyone, I have an '02 Ford XLT 4x4 and the right rear wheel has developed a low level humming noise. Might be the tire, but I have a feeling it is a wheel bearing.

Is this an easy fix for someone with moderate mech skills, .....and is there a post where someone has already walked through the process? I saw a few post for front wheel bearings, but not rear wheel bearings.

Or is this something best left for the dealer?

Thanks everyone, and FLYNAVY!
 
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There kind of a pain in the ass and you will need a slide hammer to get them out but if u have the tools and a repair manual you will be ok
 

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Slide hammer? I had a hard time with a 12ton press.
 

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I bought a 12 ton press and my bearings came out easy, the hardest part was holding everything square in the press, I had to use 6" steel plates to raise the hub up 6 inches so the bearing would could be pressed out.
 

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You folks are awesome. Thanks for the replies.

Wonder how much would a dealer charge for this?

I kinda like the challege of doing it.....what the heck, I'm in.
 
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My mechanic uses sawzall to cut the bearing, before he presses the old bearing out. He charged me 2-hours labor, yesterday. I would get the hub and bearing.
 

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no way you can cut off these bearings,
 

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My mechanic uses sawzall to cut the bearing, before he presses the old bearing out. He charged me 2-hours labor, yesterday. I would get the hub and bearing.
Some times the inner races come out and leave the outer race in the hub. Using a sawzall to cut the outer race will make it easier to remove from the hub.
 

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You dont cut them in half, you use the sawzall to knotch them, which make them easier to press out.
 

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I would think that heating the race with a torch would be much easier then a sawzall but what ever works for you.
 

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dealer charged me 300$ a side. They had it done with in a hour and half.

I am capable of doing the rears but too many things could go wrong so I took it in.

I did the front bearings.

good luck
 

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