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Hi Andrea, The link below is a YouTube video showing how to change the wheel bearing on a 2001 ford escape, Also there's videos down the right side of the link that may help as well......... CHEERS.. Ford Escape Rear Wheel Bearing Replacement
The steering knuckle has to be removed first,the bearing is sealed type and it is pressed in. You will need to use a hydraulic press to remove. you could remove the knuckle yourself and take it to a repair shop and they could install the bearing for you if you do not have access to a press.
SECTION 204-01: Front Suspension
2000 Focus Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
Procedure revision date: 03/18/2003
Installer, Wheel Hub Bearing Cup 204-023 (T73T-1217-A)
Remover/Installer, Bushing 204-180 (T93P-5493-A)
Installer, Drive Pinion Bearing Cup 205-140 (T80T-4000-F)
Adapter for 303-224 (Handle) 205-153 (T80T-4000-W)
Puller, Bearing 205-D064 (D84L-1123-A)
Installer, Wheel Speed Sensor Ring 206-054 (T93P-20202-A)
Remove the wheel knuckle. For additional information, refer to Wheel Knuckle in this section.
NOTE: When removing the hub from the wheel knuckle the bearing will be destroyed. The bearing inner ring will be on the hub and the bearing outer ring will be in the wheel knuckle. Using the special tools, remove the wheel hub from the wheel knuckle.
CAUTION: The special tools must be used to prevent damage to the hub. If the hub is damaged a new hub must be installed. CAUTION: Do not use heat to remove the bearing inner ring. Using the special tools, remove the bearing inner ring from the wheel hub.
Remove the circlip from the wheel knuckle.
Install the old bearing inner ring.
Install the bearing cage on to the bearing inner ring.
Install the bearing cage and inner ring assembly to the wheel knuckle.
Using the special tools, remove the bearing outer ring from the wheel knuckle.
Installation CAUTION: Avoid any impact on the wheel speed sensor ring. CAUTION: Make sure the wheel speed sensor ring is clean. CAUTION: Avoid any contact between the wheel speed sensor ring and a magnetic surface.
CAUTION: Make sure the wheel bearing is installed into the wheel knuckle with the wheel speed sensor ring, colored black, at the wheel speed sensor end of the wheel knuckle. Using the special tools, install the new wheel bearing to the wheel knuckle.
NOTE: Make sure the circlip does not cover the wheel speed sensor. Install the circlip to the wheel knuckle.
Using the special tools, install the wheel hub to the wheel knuckle.
Install the wheel knuckle. For additional information, refer to Wheel Knuckle in this section.
No special tools as i recall. Can be tough had to get the door panel off in you never done before and the motor is in a tough tight area ...I bet if you take your time and common sense you be just fine ...
I have a 2004 Escape 4x4 that I replaced a front wheel bearing myself last fall. It was not "easy", but it was doable. First thing I did was subscribe to Alldatadiy.com online to get detailed parts and service directions. For about $25 it gave me exact directions and steps to take. It did require some mid range automotive repair skills as well as a large hammer and a hydraulic press to reassemble. About $30.00 for the bearing and about 3-4 hours of labor...although next time I could probably do it in 2.