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Old 01-30-2006, 03:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

I just got off the phone with the local parts store and found out that I needed to replace the whole hub as I have a bearing gone bad. Does anyone know of a good source for these? And is the R and R fairly simple.
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

You should be able to pick up a hub/bearing assembly for a bit less than $300 at a driveline shop or major parts store. You could go to the dealer, but you'd be charged a lot more for the same part.

Replacement is straightforward. Remove wheel, remove brake caliper and set out of the way, remove hub snap ring and hub, remove axle snap ring and washers, unbolt hub from inside knuckle and remove. Put everything back the way it was, paying attention to the way all the parts came out. You'll need a decent torque wrench, as the hub nuts need 133 ft-lb, and caliper bolts are 166 ft-lb.

You should also change the large o-ring at the inboard end of the hub/bearing assembly and the o-ring on the locking hub so you don't have a vacuum leak. That would cause your ESOF hubs to fail to work.

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Old 01-30-2006, 06:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

In Addition to Kevin's post - I have had good luck going to Ford and buying the 4 studs that mount to the hub and then you bolt to the knuckle. The Studs were stubborn to remove from the original hub - they are $12 or soo..
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

I can't find a parts store in central florida for less than 375.
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

I replaced the hub last night. The hub from NAPA in Cocoa, FL was $285 plus tax. Thanks for all of the input was a very simple R and R. (Except the part they gave me had the course thread wheel studs).
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You should be able to pick up a hub/bearing assembly for a bit less than $300 at a driveline shop or major parts store. You could go to the dealer, but you'd be charged a lot more for the same part. . . . .

. . . If you need more info, ask.

Hope that helps.

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Got that far. ON mine the needle bearing for the short shaft seems to be bad. Do you know if there is a readily accessible replacement for this, if the rest of the hub and the larger hub bearing aren't damanged?
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

NAPA. It is called a spindle bearing.
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NAPA. It is called a spindle bearing.

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My closest NAPA only had the hub assembly listed. Will call again and talk to someone else or try a few other locations.
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

Are the "spindle" bearings replaceable without replacing the entire hub ? If so are any special tools required ? I see that the are inside the hub with a strange looking four sided nut or whatever it's called holding them in. Does this just come off or what ?
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

Can talk to my NAPA and have it sent to your napa
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

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Are the "spindle" bearings replaceable without replacing the entire hub ? If so are any special tools required ? I see that the are inside the hub with a strange looking four sided nut or whatever it's called holding them in. Does this just come off or what ?
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I think it's a special tool to remove that big lock ring, and the bearing, hopefully, is pressed into its seat underneath. Hopefully I find out before end of day. . .

(EDIT) see below. It does just press right in. Once I bought the part, it was obvious. (EDIT)
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

I'd appreciate your letting me know what you find out.
My hubs are good it's just the spindle bearing thats bad.
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

I'm pretty sure that the bearing is pressed directly into the hub assembly. No removal of the lock ring should be necessary. It may take a puller and some patience. As I understand from other posts, that ring is torqued on as part of the unserviceable hub assembly. If you remove it, you may prematurely trash your hub.
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Re: 2003 F250 4x4 Wheel Hub

If it's part of the unserviceable hub unit then why would they sell the spindle bearing seperate ?
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