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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-21-12, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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2002 sable bearing

my 2002 sable LS needs a front bearing replaced. my son in law is a mechanic and offered to do the job for me but he is a busy kid and i hate to tie up his time away from my grandson, how labor intensive is a bearing replacement on this vehicle. i will simply call my local garage if it is more than a 1 or 2 hour job for him ,thank you. paul

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2 hours should do it. | Repair Guides | Front Suspension | Wheel Bearings | AutoZone.com

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" two hours should do it " NOT. If your son in law is not used to doing this work it will take longer than that. It's 1/2 hour just to put it up on jack stands. Center it and take the wheel off. If he is good 15 mins. I've read the removal - replace site. Doesn't work that way. It does but only in a perfect world. The knuckle is aluminum so don't bash on it to get the ball joint off. You will damage it. Don't use the ball joint finger as you will destroy the rubber grease seal. If you are replacing the ball joints go for it. Let him do it if you have time and extra money. He might need the experience. It will be good for him.
I did a bearing change years ago and the half shaft fell out of my hand. Punched a hole in the boot. Now i had to change the axle boot. Cheaper and faster just to replace the
axle. Which i did.
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how labor intensive is a bearing replacement on this vehicle.
In my opinion, its a pain in the dairy air. Several specialty tools/pullers not to mention an alignment will be needed. Unless your familiar working on the Taurus/Sable suspension and steering systems, trust me, its a pain.

My opinion on replacing a ball joint in one of these cars, its worse than replacing the wheel bearing. Instead of the ball joint being pressed into the lower control arm, its pressed into the knuckle. Also the standard bearing press that you can buy or rent from the local parts stores will not work. The sleeves included with the press are not deep enough. Found out the hard way.

Chip is right, do not use a pickle fork to disconnect the tie rod and the ball joint, you will destroy the boots. A pitman arm puller works very well. Also be careful with the stabilizer bar link, the original on my Taurus was made of plastic.
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