Hi red, Randy here. I've been waiting for some smart people to reply, but since that hasn't happened yet, I'll give it a shot.
Descrbe your new bearing assembly. Is it the pressed-in type that is just the bearing? That's what Ford and Chrysler used to use in the 1980s. Or do you have the newer hub assembly with wheel studs, that bolts to the steering knuckle?
If you have the bolt-on style, you don't have to take all the stuff apart you're describing. If you have to separate the steering knuckle from the lower ball joint, you must support the vehicle under the frame or cross member. If your jackstand is under the control arm, you will never get enough leverage to pry the control arm down. You will typically need a 4' pry bar to move the lower control arm enough to get the tapered stud out of the steering knuckle.
Saturday, March 13th, 2010 AT 3:26 PM