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post #1 of 8 Old 11-16-2012, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Front Wheel Bearing Replacement?

Hi all, I've been a "lurker" for quite some time, and I finally broke down and signed up because I'm not finding my answer in the existing forums...
I have a bad front wheel bearing in the driver's side of my '02 F250 4x4 (manual locking hubs) 7.3. I've been quoted $800 for the repair, and been told that it would take about 2 hours to do (@ $85 an hour)... So my question is, are they trying to pull the wool over my eyes because I'm a female and "don't know any better"? Or am I missing something? I've looked up the supposed bearings that go in my truck (have yet to call NAPA or Autozone to double check), and for the timken hub assembly (I've been told timken is the ideal choice...) it's only $325.99... So either I'm looking at the wrong thing, or they are doubling the price for the part on me? Do I need the entire hub assembly or just the actual bearings? How hard is the job going to be? I ask because I have a buddy from work who I might be able to twist his arm into helping me do it - he replaced bearings in another truck I had awhile back (a tiny Toyota, automatic 4x4, it only needed the actual bearings, not the whole hub assembly - not sure if it's just because it was a smaller truck or what) for a fraction of what I was quoted and it wasn't that big a deal, aside from the rust issue.
I'd be grateful for any advice on parts needed, job difficulty and price.
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You will need the whole hub assy. 800 seems pretty strap considering its about 300-400 (unit bearing). It's an easy job do to just keep track of order of pieces that are behind the lockout when you take the clip off. Once you remove the 4 nuts from the back it should pull off... In theory. If not a zip gun works great!

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Save yourself some money and have your friend help ya do the job, its not hard at all. Just take your time and you should be able to do it in like 2 hrs in your driveway.

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That's what I figured... I guess I will try and hunt down the part and have my buddy do it for me (ahem, I mean help me do it...). Timken/Wheel Bearing/Hub Assembly-Front (SP580205) | AutoZone.com This is the one Autozone is saying will fit my truck, does that look right? There is another one and the only difference is coarse versus fine thread, I'm not sure which will fit my truck, but even if I had to buy both and return one...it'd still be worth it... Thanks so much for your advice!
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[/QUOTE]This may help yall as it has helped me.

print out the pages you need to replace the hub so your not trying to look on your phone or having to run back inside.
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File Type: pdf 4x4 front axle.pdf (673.0 KB, 318 views)

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did you get it finished yet? having done a couple sets in my driveway, they aren't hard.

try rockauto.com or 1aauto.com or naparts.com as well

2nd, snap on has an outstanding tool just for these, worth buying and reselling after, it goes on the stud on the inside of the hub, then just gently turn the wheel and it presses them out. the first set I did was a pain without it

if you're anywhere near salt lake city ut, I'd let you borrow mine

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Napa has hubs for 150$ and they are very easy to do. You could do them in about 30min. Also it will be, corse thread.
I've replaced a hub on the side of the highway once.. Not on my truck lol


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You can save money by doing it own and it is easy to do, but I will recommend you not to do it own. They wheel repair specialists will follow a special process that will detect all the problems related to your wheel and they will repair it properly and carefully.

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