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Can bearings be replaced on aftermarket sealed rotors?

I have aftermarket sealed rotors that I bought for my 05 F-150 5.4L lifted with 6inch lift. The bearing is shot on the front left side and I want to know if the bearings can be replaced?

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  • Ted Schore May 11, 2010

    YES....you dont say if 4wd or 2wd?. you should be able to buy bearings at any good auto parts store (wheel hub bearing if 4wd) .....what do you mean "sealed rotors'

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It is a sealed hub assy. No they connot be replaced you have to buy a hub assy.

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Often the front wheel hub bearing assembly for driven and nondriven wheels is actually two tapered bearings facing each other.
f40-20.gif Exploded view of a typical front wheel bearing assembly for a FWD vehicle. Courtesy of DaimlerChrysler Corporation Each of the bearings rides in its own race. Some front wheel bearings are sealed units and are lubricated for life. They are replaced and serviced as an assembly. Others are serviceable and require periodic lubrication and adjustment.
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f40-21.jpg A special tool for removing a dust cap. If one is not available use slip-joint pliers.
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f40-22.gif Wheel bearing adjustments can be checked with a dial indicator. Reprinted with permission.
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