1. Raise and support vehicle. Remove front wheel, brake caliper and rotor. Carefully raise staked portion of front axle wheel hub retainer, and remove. Remove tie rod end cotter pin and nut. Using Tie Rod End Separator (T85M-3395-A), remove tie rod end.
2. If equipped, remove ABS wire bracket bolt and bracket. Remove bolts and ABS sensor, and position aside. Remove lower control arm nut and pinch bolt. Separate lower control arm from steering knuckle. On Escape, use Front Hub Remover (D93P-1175-B) to separate axle shaft from wheel knuckle. On Focus, use Front Wheel Hub Remover/Installer (T81P-1104-C). Remove strut assembly-to-steering knuckle nuts and bolts. Remove steering knuckle.
Disassembly & Reassembly
1. Remove oil seal from rear of hub/steering knuckle assembly. Using Bearing Pulling Attachment (D84L-1123-A) for Escape, or (D79L-4621-A) for Escort and Focus, press wheel hub from wheel knuckle. Remove retainer ring from wheel knuckle. Using Bearing Pulling Attachment, press front wheel bearing from wheel knuckle.
CAUTION: On Focus, make sure the wheel bearing is installed into the wheel knuckle with the wheel speed sensor ring, colored black, at the wheel speed sensor end of the wheel knuckle.
2. To reassemble, reverse disassembly procedure. Install NEW inner oil seal. Apply Threadlock 262 onto front wheel bearing outer race.
To install, reverse removal procedure. Install NEW fasteners. On Escort, apply Threadlock 262 or equivalent onto lower ball joint nut and pinch bolt threads. Tighten all fasteners to specification.