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Old 07-28-2006, 19:32   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation Need to know how to replace rear outer bearing on 2003 Mountaineer

Any one out there replaced a rear outer wheel bearing on a 03' Mountaineer?
I have a noisy outer hub bearing on the driver rear that needs replaced say's the local Lincoln/Mercury dealer. I just wanted to know if the bearing can be replaced with out pulling off the axle knuckle from the upper and lower control arm's? Need to pull off the rear rotor. Have a question about the drum style emergency brake arrangment. I read another posting saying it too has an adjustment some-what like the old style brake shoe adjustment wheel. I see the emergency brake lever arm on the back side of the axle knuckle? Where is the wheel adjustment slot on the back side of the knuckle located relative to the emergency brake lever, to loosen shoes? I noticed a large c-clip included with the bearing / hub kit at the parts house. Is this used to hold the bearing into the knuckle? Is the bearing press fit onto the back side of the hub assembly and pressed into the knuckle. Chiltons is useless for this information. Any step-by-step technical information would be of considerable value to the family, as I do not own the shop service manual from Mercury.

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Re: Need to know how to replace rear outer bearing on 2003 Mountaineer

Here is what you need you need to do this.....................

Remove the rear wheel. Remove the brake caliper/shoes from the rotor with a 10MM wrench and move aside to the spring. Remove the rotor (Good luck) Remove the 36MM Axle nut. Remove the 18MM pinch bolt for the tie rod end and the upper ball joint and then seperate them with a pickle fork or an air hammer. The entire assy will now swing down. Remove the lower bolt (21MM) and the entire knuckle will need to go into the press to remove the hub.

Press out the hub. Remove the large C-clip and then press out the bearing.

Re-assemble in reverse order. If you have no air tools or a press available, then pay someone to do it for you. I have done many of these in my career and still have trouble with them since it is such a time consuming job.
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