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Re: 2002 ford explorer front wheel bearing assembly
Remove hub ,take retaining circlip out and knock it out with a big big hammer supporting it on an old wheel rim and a tree trunk.this job is easy to do but unless you have the right tools entrust it to a garage who will have a nice press .
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I've been through several wheel bearings on my 00 Ranger; they are a known issue with these model years. The best source for me has been a Florida-based outfit called Auto Parts Direct To You. http://www.apdty.com Here is a link to the 2002 Ford Explorer wheel bearing selector based on your Explorer's specs. Select 2002 Ford Explorer Engine
Note that Ford was inconsistent with the type of assemblies they put into these model year vehicles; I found that out the hard way by ordering online. You might want to give these guys a call and be sure you're getting the right bearing for your vehicle. I've found them to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and the big plus is the lifetime warranty they provide on wheel bearings... a huge bennie for Ford truck owners!
A Front Wheel Drive Vehicle Can Have Two Types Of Rear Wheel Bearings: Serviceable Bearings, Or Nonserviceable, Sealed Bearings. When Sealed Bearings Fail, The Bolts Holding The Bearing And Hub To The Axel Or Control Arm Must Be Removed. When Installing The New Bearing Assembly, Torque The Bolts To Specifications.Some Manufacturers require The Use Of New Fasteners When Rear Bearings And Hubs Are Replaced.
When A Serviceable Wheel Bearing Is Used, The Bearing Can Be Disassembled And Packed With Grease.It Is Serviced Like A Front Wheel Bearing On A Rear-wheel-Drive-Car.
I removed the whole knuckle and placed it on support then used a sledge hammer to knock the old bearing out. It is a simple job but would be easier with a bearing hub puller that I don't think anyone has.