Smell and smoke, could it be the hub?

Tiny
CHRIS KINARD
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  • 2000 FORD MUSTANG
  • 3.8L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,000 MILES
My hub is bad. I have jacked it up and did the 9 and 3 and 12and 6 and moved to tire to see if there was play. There was at the 12 and 6. So I went driving and started to smell something and saw smoke. Is it possible that it was my hub?
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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 AT 10:23 PM

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Tiny
ROY B
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Good morning,

Yes, it could be the bearings in the front that are heating up from either lack of lubrication or the bearings have failed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-front-wheel-bearings-and-seals

The wheel bearing is part of the hub and the hub will have to be replaced.

When you install the hub, torque the hub nut to 258 pounds.

I attached pictures for you below of the hub and the part from rock auto.

Roy

Removal

CAUTION: Suspension fasteners are critical parts because they affect performance of vital components and systems and their failure can result in mayor service expense. A new part with the same part number or an equivalent part must be installed, if installation is necessary. Do not use a part of lesser quality or substitute design. Torque values must be used as specified during reassembly to ensure correct retention of these parts.

1. Raise the vehicle on a hoist.
2. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
3. Remove the front brake disc.

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4. Remove and discard the front hub cap grease seal.

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5. CAUTION: The wheel hub retainer is a one time use item and must be replaced with a new retainer when removed. Failure to do so can cause the retainer to come loose during vehicle operation resulting in loss of vehicle control.

Remove and discard the front axle wheel hub retainer.

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6. Remove the front wheel hub and bearing.

Installation

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1. Note: Use a new wheel hub retainer and hub cap grease seal.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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Thursday, September 24th, 2020 AT 2:50 AM
Tiny
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Could my brakes get worn down by the bad hub?
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Saturday, September 26th, 2020 AT 8:34 AM
Tiny
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Sorry, yall had that already posted! Thanks guys. Ya'll are amazing.
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Saturday, September 26th, 2020 AT 8:38 AM
Tiny
ROY B
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Yes, it could if it is not straight. It will wear the pads at an angle.

You are welcome.

Roy
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Saturday, September 26th, 2020 AT 9:36 AM

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