2001 Ford Taurus Front Wheel bearings

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Old 10-12-06, 01:55 PM
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Unhappy 2001 Ford Taurus Front Wheel bearings

It sounds like spouses car has the drivers side front wheel bearing going out, it's not real noisy yet. The passenger side is quiet. I've never done this on a front wheel drive, is it something a DIYer can do? Thanks again for all the help, Bill
 
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take the spindle off and bring it somewhere to get the bearing pressed out and in. That would be the easiest way and the safest I would think
 
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I looked it up and the bearing is mounted in a sort of triangle, which I think You change the whole thing. Am I right? Bill
 
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Sorry I was thinking it was a press in bearing. Should be a easy fix if its the bearing and hub bolt in assembly type. Just take off the brake assembly and the hub reataining bolts. Also have to make sure the CV shaft is loose in the hub so the axle doesn't pull out of the tranny when pulling the hub. Be careful not to damage speed sensors if you have any
 
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Thanks I'll check it out. Bill
 
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Here's '96-99, should be the same or close:

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBroker?ForwardPage=/az/cds/en_us/0900823d/80/1b/00/88/0900823d801b0088.jsp
 
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Thanks for the link, I will have to dig deeper in tool box for my puller. Bill
 
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enlighten me

How do you know they are bad?
I thought modern wheel bearings where 300,000 mile parts.

Do they make noise in a left hand turn but not a right hand turn, since the loading is different? When you jack it up and turn the wheels by hand, one side has a low rumble-sound that you almost feel and not hear? You are also turning the drive axles and half the differential. If you grab the wheel at 9 and 3 o'clock and altenately push-pull on each side you can feel more play on one side than the other? The tie rod ends are known good?

I am curius because I have only replaced bearing in one car, '67 bug. I don't even think about bearings when looking at a car. Has you car been crashed?
 
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bearings

pretty easy job.i just did it in a 96 taurus,and i dont do any major work myself.cost me $40 for a used one
 
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Dud I also have a taurus 2000 model what size is the big nut? I need one just incase.
 
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To Everyone, I suspected transmisson, so with these good people here, I changed fluid and filter. I still had a little noise, and it is mostly from the drivers side. I drove down the road with both windows down and swung from side to side and it makes more noise on drivers side.

Feeling it wasn't a transmisson problem, I took it to a transmisson shop and He diagnosed the wheel bearing, said drivers was going bad, probably should change both sides.

It is not supposed to have been wrecked as We bought it new, but I'm starting to wonder. Bill
 
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well thats good news

Transmission is big bucks wheel bearing not bad so you got lucky I wold say.
 
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I've got the parts for both sides and a new set of brake pads, so I will start on it in the morning. I had to wait for my SS to come in, as I didn't want to dig in the sock. Had to buy a puller as I couldn't find mine, I will look again since I bought one, it will usually show up. Will advise results. Bill
 
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Old 10-23-06, 05:05 AM
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I tried to do the job Saturday, I didn't have a socket big enough for the hub nut. The largest I had was 1 3/16, it was slightly too loose, I figure the nut is metric. I went to Sears looking for a socket and they didn't have one. Bill
 
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