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2002 f250 4wd, 7.3 psd. noticed today while

2002 f250 4wd, 7.3 psd. noticed today while rotating to tires. drive shaft going to front passenger tire has play (approx 1/8" up, down, front to back) where the drive shaft comes out of the axle sleeve and goes into the wheel hub. no slack in u-joint, no evidence of oil leak from axle sleeve, wheel hub is tight. (i'm assuming the drive shaft seals at the differential). also noticed dust seal has worked it's way out of the axle sleeve and is hanging on the drive shaft. checked driver's side, dust seal also hanging on driveshaft and has play also, but not nearly as much. i have manual locking hubs made by warn, everything works normally. what do i need to do to make this go away, and where can i find some good exploded parts diagrams specific to this? and are there some quality aftermarket parts or do i have to go strickly to the dealership? any advice would be greatly appreciated. and let me know if any more info if needed.

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  • burlew Oct 06, 2009

    i assumed there is a bad bearing, but where exactly is the "support bearing" located, the axle sleeve, inside of the wheel hub, or both? is it a replacable part, or do i need to purchase a whole new hub assymbly? if it is a replacable part, what all should i replace while i've got it apart? i'm fairly mechanically inclined, but this is my first 4wd truck with a straight axle and i need a little more info as i'm not that familiar with it yet. (i've not had it very long) please help. thanks in advance.



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The wheel bearing is the cause, it has a support bearing that hold the axle in place.

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  • radd69 Oct 07, 2009

    the support bearing is part of the front wheel (hub) bearing, you need to buy a new bearing it only can be serviced as a unit.

    2002 F-Super Duty 250-550/Excursion Workshop Manual

    1. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.

    1. Position aside the front disc
      brake caliper and anchor plate

      1. Remove the two front disc brake caliper anchor plate bolts.

      1. Remove the front disc brake caliper anchor plate and position

    1. Remove the rotor.

    1. Remove the eight hub extender nuts, the
      hub plate and the rotor.

      1. Remove the eight hub plate nuts.

      1. Remove the hub plate.

      1. Remove the rotor.

    1. Remove the hub lock.

      1. Remove the retainer ring.

      1. Pull outward and remove the hub lock.

    1. Remove the axle shaft thrust washers.

      1. Remove the snap ring.

      1. Remove the three thrust washers.

    Vehicles equipped with ABS

    1. .Disconnect the ABS wheel sensor

      1. Disconnect the connector.

      1. Disconnect the harness routing clips.

    All vehicles

    1. NOTE: The wheel hub and bearing is a slip fit design and should not
      require a puller to remove it.
      Remove the wheel hub and bearing.

      1. Remove the four lock nuts.

      1. Remove the wheel hub and bearing.

    1. If necessary, remove the brake disc shield.



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