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Old 10-24-2011, 04:22 PM
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Is it my brakes or my wheel bearing?

So I am in the process of what seems like replacing everything on my 96 F350... two weeks when i picked the truck up for the first time, on the way home it started pulling to the right real bad when braking and it was squeaking constantly during the 15 mile trip home. When i parked it the front left wheel was very hot. The next morning I replaced the caliper and although it does not get hot or pull anymore, it squeaks LOUD anytime the wheels are turning, doesn't go away or really change pitch when i press the brake pedal. Today i noticed that on the back side of the spindle where the axle stub goes into the spindle, it has puked out alot of grease. Noticed it after a road trip last week, monitored the grease since then and no more grease has come out. Worried about the wheel bearing now, do the bearings squeak if they run dry or low on lube?

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Old 10-24-2011, 04:24 PM
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I would pull it apart, replace bearings and wheel seal.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:31 PM
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i thought you couldn't replace just the wheel bearing in these trucks, just the entire wheel bearing assembly? If its as easy as replacing the wheel bearing and the seals I'll defiantly do that just as a precaution, but arnt the bearing assembles almost $500
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i thought you couldn't replace just the wheel bearing in these trucks, just the entire wheel bearing assembly? If its as easy as replacing the wheel bearing and the seals I'll defiantly do that just as a precaution, but arnt the bearing assembles almost $500
2wd or 4wd??

If its a 4wd you can just replace the bearings, and they are not $500 beans. You have to pull the lockout, spindle nut, and then the hub/rotor assembly will slide off. Bearings are inside, inner and outer....

If its a 2wd i am clueless...
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Probably should have included that info in my first post, 4wd with a D60.
Are all the seals and stuff available from the parts store or do i need to go to ford?
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Napa should have everything you need... Gotta have the spindle socket, and a snap ring remover tool thingy is helpful. Be careful you don't loose any parts from the lockout, been there done that. Good Luck!!!
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You got manual or auto locking hubs? I can give you the part number for the spindle nut socket for the manual hubs. I think I got mine from AutoZone. As far as bearings and wheel seal, they should be available at most parts stores in stock or overnight order.
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