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Old 01-13-2014, 04:46 PM Rookie

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Rear wheel bearing replacement

About to rework the rear brakes and change the fluid in the rear diff. Considering going ahead and replacing the axle seals and wheel bearing while I have it torn down. Any instruction on replacing the bearing and seals, preferably with pictures? Pretty good mechanically but never done this before and heard its kinda tricky. 1997 f-250hd 7.3 powerstroke
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Just did this very thing last summer. I did a pinion seal also cuz my axle vent tube plugged and started pushing oil out all the seals. Its purty straight forward. Depending on how long the drums have been on you mite be replacing them also, I broke one of mine trying to git it off. I gave a healthy coat of anti-seize on the back side of the new ones. Once the drums are off pull the 8 small bolts on the outside of the hub and the axle should slide rite out. U need a special socket to git the nut holdin the hub on off. After that hub just slides off. I had a shop put the new bearing races, bearings, and seals in my hubs for me. That spindle nut (or whatever its called) gits torq'd to sumthing like 65 ft lbs then back it off 3 clicks. The 8 axle bolts are like 120 or 140 ft lbs. Someone else chime in on the correct #'s. Heres the special socket needed.
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