CAUTION: Do not use heat to loosen a seized lug nut. Heat can damage wheel and bearings.
1. Remove locking hub assembly, if equipped. Using snap ring pliers, remove plastic stub shaft retainer. Remove center cap, if equipped. On all models, with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels, loosen lug nuts.
Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel and tire assembly. Remove and discard wheel hub retainer nut and washer assembly. See Fig. 1 . Remove 2 front brake caliper mounting bolts. Lift brake caliper off of
front disc brake caliper anchor plate, and wire caliper aside.
2. Remove cotter pin and tie rod nut. Separate ball joint. On Explorer and Mountaineer, remove stabilizer bar link. On all models, unclip ABS wiring harness, if equipped. Remove ABS wiring harness from knuckle,
if equipped. On Explorer Sport and Explorer Sport Trac, remove nuts and disconnect right shock absorber from lower control arm.
CAUTION: Do not use a hammer to separate half shaft joint from hub assembly. Damage to outboard CV joint stub shaft housing threads and internal
components may result.
3. On all models, install Front Hub Remover/Installer (T93P 1175 B) and separate half shaft from hub. Support front suspension lower arm. Remove upper ball joint to front wheel knuckle nut and bolt. Rotate front
steering knuckle. Compress outboard half shaft joint and remove outboard half shaft joint from hub.
4. Using CV Joint Puller (T89P 3514 A), separate front wheel half shaft from front axle housing. Remove half shaft from front axle housing. To install, reverse removal procedure. Use a NEW circlip on inboard CV
joint stub shaft housing. On Explorer and Mountaineer, install NEW wheel hub nut. On all models, tighten nut to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . Remove seal from frt axle and reinstall seal reverse order of axle shaft removal for install.