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Old 01-03-2009
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front wheel bearing replacement

Can some one post how to replace front wheel bearing assembly
1998 4x4 driver side w/abs thanks for any help
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just did mine,,,, take of wheel, center vaccum hub,, either try to get off snapring in way back, or just break it off,, do 2 bolts for brake, allen screw for abs sensor, 8mm for dirt gaurds, inner and outer. 3 blots that holdassembly on,.. then put it all back together,,,. easier said than done im actually right in middle of doing mine im bout to try and finish.
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Thank you

I was wondering what the symptoms were when you decided to replace??
I was driving down the high way went over a bump and got this god awful grinding sound and also noticed my hub lock was missing...now this

I just hope its not the cv?? any i deas
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It should wobble like a broken ball joint, i replaced my last week on my truck 2004 with 40 something thousand miles on the driverside. Its not hard to do Goodyear told me it would take 3 hrs and I had it put back together in 45 mins. Just have a good air compressor for the impact gun to take of the cv bolt.
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I have replaced 6 of them on my 99 since I bought it.

Do yourself a favor and go to a dealer and buy a few of these to have on hand.I have never had one come off without the tabs breaking off for the snap ring pliers.



Stay away from the cheap eBay bearings also,the last two I did were from Ford and they have out lasted all the others so far.
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I found it easier to remove that snap ring with a set of hook nose snap ring pliers. Spread the ring with a small screwdriver if needed and then hook it down lower kinda where its got that shoulder in it. Least thats what was easiest for me.

Its acctually a pretty simple. Might check your passenger side as well.
Did your ABS light come on at all?

Just dont wait long if it is allready making those grinding noises. It aint fun when it does this at 35mph
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thanks for your reply, nope the abs light didn't come on, but for now until I can afford to fix it.Its going to stay parked they want over $300.00 for the bearing and another $150.00 for the hub lock..
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The hub lock?
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Old 01-07-2009
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re yup

150 per side
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4x4 lock outs.....

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You can get a set of Manual locking hubs for that price or less from tellico.com I think is the site... only one company makes 'em for the '98 - mid "00 rangers. My vacuum hubs still work, but I got a set of the manual lockouts ready to go on. I got lucky and ordered mine when they were just at $99 per set.
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Ditto on the manuals. I bought my AVM's through basline4x4. Was right in the $150 range for the set.

Whats wrong with the hubs that you have now?
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do you need any special tools to take the bearing off? i have to do mine tonight
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90% of the time when a wheel bearing fails bad enough the extra slop in the bearing will let the axle move around too much inside the hub and since the manual or vaccum hubs are plastic they get destroyed
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the manual says you need a special puller, is that true?
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The only special tool you need would be snap ring pliers. As far as a puller I have no idea what you would need that for. Once the plastic clip is off the axle its just a matter of taking the three bolts out of the bearing and sliding it off.
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Makes sense. Mine destroyed my hub. Just didnt read that part in the thread so I was curious.

No special tools needed. An impact and a knucklebuster make it a lil nicer but they arent neccesary.

I think the special tool they mentioned was for that snapring. I read the instructions that came with it, as I was bored. They mentioned needing a special tool even for installing the ring LOL
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Not sure when i lost the lock out.. but i noticed it when i was replacing my rotors/pads Then i got a low grinding sound on the highway/and @ slow speeds
this would explain my front brakes locking up ,which i why I originally replaced the rotors. the grinding would disappear for a minute.. but when i went over a bump it would come back....But any way shes a paper weight for now....

question I take it Explorer hubs and Ranger hubs are not the same??
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I'm glad mine is an 04 didnt have this problem with the hubs
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