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Wheel Bearing Adjustment Question

Hey guys, I recently took my truck in for a wheel alignment because I noticed my tires were wearing on the inside. They ended up doing a whole front end inspection and called me and said that before they could do the alignment that they need to replace the left upper ball joint as it has gone bad. He also said the wheel bearings need adjusting, when I asked him about that, he said they just needed tightening as there is some play and therefore was not able to check the tie rod ends.
To save money, I plan on replacing the upper and lower ball joints, both sides, myself but was wondering how I go about tightening the wheel bearings?
Is it just the big axle nut that I need to tighten?

Thanks guys, appreciate any help you can offer.

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You can not adjust the wheel bearings on a 98+ 4x4. They are a sealed unit and if there is play in them you need new wheel hub units or the shop is trying to hose you.
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You can not adjust the wheel bearings on a 98+ 4x4. They are a sealed unit and if there is play in them you need new wheel hub units or the shop is trying to hose you.
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Yes, PVH-pulse vacuum hubs, they only used these from '98-'00 so even Ford found them to be unreliable.

replacement how-to here: TRS Magazine - 98-00 Ranger Hub/Bearing Assembly Replacement
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Thanks guys. I had found the PVH hubs to be complete garbage and replaced them with those Rugged Ridge manual locking hubs about 5 years ago. And I also had the left side wheel bearing unit replaced around the same time by a shop. They charged an arm and a leg. Cant believe it needs replacing again! FML... Well, I guess Im screwed and have to buy another. Gonna try to do it myself this time while Im doing all the ball joints. Not all that mechanically inclined but hopefully I can follow instructions and maybe find some videos on YouTube. Had the tire off yesterday and all the nuts and bolts look terribly rusted/seized together. Not looking forward to this job one bit.
Thanks RonD for the link to the how-to...I hope I can do this and it will be the last time I have to replace this POS bearing.
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Start spraying everything with PB blaster now
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What he said ^

Spray with PB for about a week. Once or twice a day.
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