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Old 04-13-2012
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how to remove hub to remove front end rotor

hey all ,

i am trying to replace front end rotors

how do you remove the hub ?
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you pull off the dust cap(the half sphere in the middle) you can use a screw driver but then you may have to a new one, they are not expencive, then you pull out the cotter pin, take off that nut. then pull out the wheel bearing. then you pull off the whole rotor and on the back there is a grease seal. they can be hard to not ruin when taking them out. pull out the other wheel bearing. clean the bearings really well with mineral sprits, then pack the larger bearing really well with HIGH TEMP BEARING GREASE, or you will be in a world of hurt, put the larger bearing in the rotor and make sure you grease up the races too, then carfully pound the grease seal in. then grease up the spindle(im pretty sure thats what its called) slide the rotor back on. pack the smaller bearing with grease and do the race too. put the fancy washer back on then your nut. adjust the bearing acording to ford. then put the fancy cap on the nut and put the cotter pin back in and then put the dust cap back on. make sure you grease up your slide pins too.
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Just like I would do it, if you have never done it before ask around for someone to walk you through it. It is a bit time consuming and much messier then just swapping out front drive rotors. Re-packing both bearing is a must, tighten the inner nut down till snug and the back it off till you can spin the rotor hard by hand about a half rotation. Do a YouTube search, I typed in "wheel bearing removal" and found a guy (jlsparky7) doing just that to a 2001 3.0 liter 2WD Ranger. Unlike jlsprarky does, I use the old brake pad to push both pistons in at the same time. Place it across both pistons and fit the C-clamp a close to the center of the pad as you can. One piston will travel down further till it hit the back of the chamber an the other one will continue till it hits the back of the chamber. Good luck...

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close, but easier way. jack up, remove wheel. remove brake system. with flat head work around the dust cap and hammer it off slowly. you never should need a new one. remove cotter pin, nut, washer and then the first bearing you see. put nut back on a few turns, pull rotor towards you. this removes the rear bearing and seal at once.

clean and repack bearings with grease (i use Moly) and put large baring in the back of new rotor. tap in seal working around it. place on rotor, place in small bearing. place washer on, then nut. snug firmly while spinning the rotor, then back off half a turn and torque to 18-23 inch lbs. install cotter pin, dust cap and put breaks back together.

done:)

be sure to clean off any old grease before putting it all back together. brake cleaner works great.
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thanks all job completed
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