STEERING KNUCKLE, WHEEL & HUB BEARINGS
Turn ignition switch to OFF position. Ensure steering column is not locked. Remove brake master cylinder filler cap. Check brake fluid level in reservoir. Remove fluid until reservoir is half full. Remove wheel center cap (if equipped). Remove and discard hub retainer nut and washer. Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel assembly.
Remove caliper bolts. Lift disc brake caliper off caliper anchor plate. Remove caliper anchor plate stainless steel slippers, and discard. Remove and discard caliper anchor plate bolts.
Mark wheel stud and corresponding lug hole for reassembly reference. Remove rotor bolts and rotor. If rotor is difficult to remove, apply a rust penetrating lubricant and inhibitor. Remove ABS sensor retaining bolt, sensor harness retaining bolt, and sensor.
Remove and discard tie rod end cotter pin and nut. Using Pitman Arm Puller (T64P-3590-F), separate tie rod end from steering knuckle. Remove and discard stabilizer bar link nut at strut bracket. Separate stabilizer bar link. Remove and discard lower ball joint pinch bolt and nut. Using a suitable pry bar, pry between subframe and lower control arm. Push down until lower ball joint is free of steering knuckle.
CAUTION:DO NOT over-extend drive axle shaft during removal, as CV joint components may separate.
Install Hub Remover/Installer (T81P-1104-C) and Adapters (T83P-1104-BH1 and T86P-1104-A1). See Fig. 4 . Support axle shaft. Push CV joint outer shaft until its free of hub, bearing and knuckle assembly. Remove and discard strut-to-steering knuckle bolt. Remove knuckle. Remove and discard 3 hub retaining bolts. Remove wheel hub. Wheel hub is a slip-fit design and should not require a puller to remove.
Fig. 4: Removing CV Joint Outer Shaft
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
CAUTION:Front axle wheel hub retainer nut must be tightened to specification immediately during installation. If retainer is not tightened immediately, nylon lock will set incorrectly, leading to incorrect torque readings and bearing failure. Any front wheel hub retainer that is not immediately tightened to specification or is loosened must be removed and a NEW retainer installed.
To install, reverse removal procedure. Position ball stud groove so bolt can be installed without forcing. Install NEW fasteners for all items except brake rotor and caliper.
Apply Loctite 242 (WSK-M2G351-A5) to last 5 front wheel axle shaft joint threads prior to installing axle wheel hub retainer nut. Tighten fasteners to specification.
Sunday, February 1st, 2009 AT 8:56 PM