1999 Ford Taurus replacing bearings

Tiny
GAMBILLD383
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  • 1999 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 150,000 MILES
I am replacing the bearings but I cant get the drive axle completely out of the bearing. IT has to come out in order to knock the old bearings out from the backside. How do I remove the axle in order to do this?
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 5:23 PM

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Tiny
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Replacement procedures are below for your vehicle's front wheel bearings.

REMOVAL:
Be sure new wheel hub retainer nuts, tie rod end castellated nuts, hub-to-knuckle retaining bolts, knuckle-to-strut pinch bolt/nut and inboard halfshaft circlips are available. These parts lose their torque holding/retention capabilities during removal and must not be reused.
Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position. Place the steering column in the UNLOCKED position.
Remove the wheel hub retainer nut before raising the vehicle off the ground. Discard the wheel hub retainer nut.
Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
When raising the vehicle, do not lift by using the lower control arms.
Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
Remove the disc brake rotor.
Separate the halfshaft from the wheel hub using Front Hub Remover/Replacer T81P-1104-C or equivalent and adapters.
Support the halfshaft with wire in a level position to prevent it from hanging by the inner CV-joint.
Do not let the halfshaft hang by the inner CV-joint or move too far outward. The internal parts of the tripod CV-joint could be pulled apart.

WARNING
The wheel hub is not pressed into the front wheel knuckle. DO NOT USE a slide hammer to remove a stuck wheel hub. Do not strike the back of the inner bearing race.

Remove the three hub and bearing retainer bolts from the back of the steering knuckle while using a prybar to steady the assembly. Discard the three hub and bearing retainer bolts.
Remove the wheel hub from the steering knuckle using a suitable prybar.
Inspect all components and replace as necessary. The wheel bearings are not serviceable and must be replaced with a new wheel hub assembly.

INSTALLATION:
If the hub bearing journal is scored or damaged, replace the steering knuckle. If the wheel hub is damaged or any end-play is detectable, replace the wheel hub.
Remove all foreign material from the knuckle bearing bore and hub bearing journal to ensure correct seating of the new hub.
The knuckle must be clean enough to allow the wheel hub to be completely seated by hand. Do not press or draw the wheel hub into place.
Place the wheel hub to the steering knuckle using light oil. Push the wheel hub assembly into the steering knuckle. Install bolts and tighten to 61-78 ft. Lbs. (83-107 Nm).
Place the halfshaft into the hub assembly.
Install the disc brake rotor and disc brake caliper. Tighten the caliper anchor bracket bolts to 65-87 ft. Lbs. (88-118 Nm).
Install the wheel and tire assembly.
Lower the vehicle.
Install a new wheel hub retainer nut. Tighten the nut to 170-202 ft. Lbs. (230-275 Nm).
Pump the brake pedal several times prior to moving the vehicle, to position the brake pads.
Road test the vehicle and check for proper operation.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 5:27 PM
Tiny
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Ok, I beat on the side of the hub/bearing assy and part of it came off but the bearing half of the assy is still in the steering knuckle. I cant get the axle out. I have turned the wheel every direction trying to pry the half axle out but it only goes so far. I need for it to go about 2 more inches for it to come out. I dont know what to do.
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 5:46 PM
Tiny
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Are you using puller? Tighten the forcing screw of the puller to push the halfshaft out of the hub. Should come out.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 6:00 PM
Tiny
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Hello,

I find it easier in most cases to just remove the 3 nuts off the top of the stut tower. It usually gives me enough play to get the CV Axle out.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 AT 6:11 PM

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