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Replace front wheel bearings 99 ford explorer

Can I replace front wheel bearings on my 99 ford explorer or does it need to be pressed fit or special tools involved

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Not press fitted, standard tapered bearings, if 4X4 it is a little more involved, just dont misplace any of the smaller parts and you will be fine.

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