Question about 1998 Ford Contour
Well if you have any kind of mechanical background this is usually a simple fix. Since you didn't clarify, I'm going to assume this is a front wheel bearing, since it is the most likely to fail.
Start by jacking up the car, and securing it with a jack stand. Next remove the tire. (I usually use it as a seat, this will save on your back and knees) ;)
OK now you must remove the caliper and front pads. It's pretty easy, usually just a couple bolts on the back of the assembly to remove the caliper and the pads should either come with it or be removable by hand once its out of the way.
Now remove the caliper bracket, once again just a couple bolts on the back usually secure this.
Once that's off the rotor should slide off with ease.
Now you have your bearing exposed, and your almost done.
To remove it, you must first remove the axle nut. This is in the center of the hub assembly. So take a pliers and remove the cotter pin and cap covering the nut. Once they are removed use an appropriate size socket to remove it. You may have to tap on the ratchet with a hammer if the axle turns as you try to turn the nut.
After the axle nut is removed, its usually only 3, but sometime 4 bolts that hold the hub to the car. In some makes and models they are mounted to the front and others they are on the back. A quick inspection of the area should answer that relatively quick. Remove those bolts and use a chisel to give the unit a couple good whacks along the seem and it should fall right off into your hands.
That's about it, it's a relatively quick and easy process, but as I've learned from experience, other factors can prove to be trouble, so if you need further assistance, please feel free to come back for more help.
Please feel free to give me feedback and rate my assistance, I wish you the best and as always, thanks for using FixYa
Posted on Sep 04, 2010
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