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post #1 of 3 Old 09-24-2010, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Front axle work

Hi all. Can anyone point me towards a place to order a knuckle off of the internet? Also, how do you know if you have to replace your entire bearing hub assembly?

I had a medium grinding sound coming from my passenger side while traveling at over 10mpg. Every once in a while, when the surface of the road changed (like a bridge) I would hear a banging sound.

I decided to take a look and replace the ball joints, U-joints and grease the needle bearings at the same time. There was a lot of play some where, but it didn't appear to be coming from the ball joints. I was able to grab the axle spindle and move it all around. The needle bearing is definitely shot. There are pieces of it missing. (Ack! where are they now?!)

I found a bent, battered, and corroded knuckle seal (FORD F81Z-3254-CB). There were also deep gashes in the knuckle where the seal sits. It appears that the metal ring in the seal made the gashes.

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id replace everything. on my d60 i could jack it up and the tire would move like crazy.. I just replaced spindles and all inner and outer bearings and all is good.
spindles were bent on one side thats why i did them. i bought a complete rebuild kit minus the spindles for less than a hundred i think.

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Sounds like a wheel bearing to me. I would replace the wheel bearing and knuckle seals (check the inner dust/axle seal while you're in there). Also check your sway bar bushings as they can cause a sort of banging or knocking noise as well.
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