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04-10-2004, 06:04 PM
My 2000 Windstar is making a humming noise from the front right wheel. at first i figured it was just road noise with newer tires that i have, but i've soon realized that it's the bearings. anyone ever change them before? if so, how? i've got a general idea, but i can't afford to have my van out of service for too long, so it has to be done asap.
04-23-2004, 02:51 PM
Had both front bearings changed on my '99. Should be not more than a half-days work. Except if shop has only 1 mechanic working on 4 vehicles at the same time.
04-23-2004, 08:56 PM
I have changed the bearing on one side due to vibration/noise. It is a big job as the steering knuckle must be removed and the bearing/hub pressed out/in at a machine shop or dealership. My local Ford guys charged 40 for the pressing in of the new bearing and did it while I waited. I would say I spent around an 90 min. each on disassembly and re-assembly.
My bearing was damaged because the hub nut on the end of the CV half-shaft worked loose and I didnt realize it until it had done itself in.
08-11-2004, 10:53 PM
When taking the hub nut off you should replace it with a new hub nut. The OEM hub nut has a 'locktite' type of material onn the threads that will keep it from threading off.
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