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2002 F350 Front axle bearings
My nephew has an all stock 2002 F350 Dually that is a constant maintenance nightmare. One thing after the other since 40,000 miles. The latest thing is that while replacing the brakes and shocks up front for inspection, he noticed the axle seals were out and riding freely on the axle shafts behind the U-joints on both sides. He said both axle shafts easily moved up and down when he lifted them. The question is, what is involved in removing the axles to replace the bearings? Removing the hubs and hub bearings are no question and now is the time to replace those bearings but once the hubs are out of the way how do the axles come out? Do we need to remove C-clips in the diff or do the axles just pull out and are held in by the hubs?
I have no problem doing the work and had a trans shop in the 80’s with plenty of diff experience in the back and transfer cases but never had to mess with any front diffs. I haven’t looked to see what it is. Dana 60 or 70? I’m pretty sure the rear diff is a 70 from following the truck before. Y’all will know better than me. I just don’t want to step into a nightmare. Forewarned is forearmed.
BTW….the dealer wants $1500 just to do the hub bearings and he doesn’t have it. That’s how I got dragged into this mess. Any help and pointers will be appreciated.