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My duel wheel axel hub bolts were loose and leaking oil. I tightened the the bolts. How do I know that I have enough oil in the hub assemby?

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On the rear end you should see a plug between 1/3 and 1/2 the way up from the bottom. This plug is the one you fill the rear end with. Simply take it out stick your little finger in and bend it down. If you can touch oil you are okay. If not fill it until it starts to dribble out the plug hole.
While I'm not familiar with the Ford location, these plugs are usually on the back of the rear end and come out by putting a ratchet handle into the hole in the top of the plug. Just be sure the plug hole is extremely clean so the ratchet will go all the way in. Hope this helps.

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    0996b43f80232353.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. Using suitable tools loosen and . . .


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    0996b43f80232352.jpg enlarge_icon.gifenlarge_tooltip.gif Fig. . . . remove the hub retaining nut
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