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I need to replace the rear axle seals and E brake shoes on my 2000 F250. Before I tear into it I want to make sure I have a socket that will fit the bearing preload nuts in the hubs. What size do I need?

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According to my service CD, it takes a special socket to remove/install bearing nuts.

Ford Axle Locknut Socket #205-448

It looks like an older style front hub socket with 4 lugs on the end to engage the nut, but has a tubular pilot in the center (for alignment?).

Maybe you can find one at a rental place.

The CD also talks about the nut coming apart (it's a 2-piece ratcheting affair) during disassembly or reassembly, so apparently it's kind of fragile. It might pay to have new ones (LH and RH threads, of course /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif) on hand before tearing into it, just in case.

Maybe one of the techs who frequent the forum can help out more.
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