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Old 06-27-2010, 09:31 AM
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steering issue and noise. bad wheel bearing???

I have a 2003 f250 crew cab 4x4 7.3L Several weeks ago the abs light came on. I waited until i could get my friends scan tool and my luck it wont pull abs light codes. So anyways about a week after the light came on the steering started acting up. I notice it mostly at slow speeds and up to 55mph. the steering will actually Pull hard to one side usually toward the center of the road kinda like the brake caliper is locking up but it isnt. After around a minunite it will straighten out and can even let go of the wheel and it will still go straight. Now today i am finally able to get time to check out the truck and notice that in a parking lot at a slow speed turn im getting a clicking noise from the driver front wheel area. I only drive the truck lately 5to 10 miles at the most since i have had the problem and only a couple times a week.

Could all this be contributed to a bad wheel bearing? Anyway to check it out before just replacing it? Im off work most of the week so plan on having this issue corrected asap. thanks for any input or info
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:04 AM
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I have the similar problem...if your light is on and you are having those symptoms from the front, then chances are its the hub. I just found a sweet deal on both hubs and sensors on ebay. $152 shipped and a 1 year warranty.

If you can jack the front up and try to rock your tire. If there is any movement then bingo, you found it. Mine isn't moving yet but its on the verge, so I am going to just replace it now.

hope this helps
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:35 AM
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Ford F250 4WD 99 00 01 02 Front Wheel Hub Bearing


it cant get cheaper .
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Old 07-01-2010, 11:48 AM
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thats for a dual rear wheel truck...and I got both for $152...not just 1
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:33 PM
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wow thats a steal i paid $200 from rockauto.com saved 30-75 bucks from autozone and o riellys. But i also got a timkin bearing since i know im keeping the truck. What brand did you get?

I know for a fact now that the abs is due to the front driver side since the rotor wore through the abs wire. So one problem solved. But once i took off the hub assembly for the 4x4 found the plastic part in the assembly was in peices. Sucks i cant find just that part right now and ford wont sell just the part they want to sell you a whole assembly for $300. Looking into possibly warns if i cant get the plastic peice. Also found my u joint in the shaft is seized, the yoke will flip nicely on one set but not the opposite direction.

Is there any way to tell if the bearing is actually bad? I dont want to through away my old one if it is possibly useable.
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:38 PM
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These are made by United...Not sure how to help you on the rest...I'm not much more than a shade tree mechanic that trys to save a buck here and there lol
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ya let me know how they work. I might need another someday. I just know timkin makes awesome parts i try to stick with them for bearings and moog for suspension componets. thanks and good luck
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Will do man...good luck as well
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