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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-26-13, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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I was told I needed a front wheel bearing replacement on my 2004 AWD Explorer. My receipt showed a hub assembly replacement. Is this the same as wheel bearing assembly and if not, was more work done than was necessary?
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Hub assembly is complete with bearing fitted .Sounds about right .
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Thanks, I guess I'm thinking of a simpler time when a wheel bearing could pretty much fit in the palm of your hand.
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Most bearings nowadays are a press fit into the hub assembly , with ABS sensor included .
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Re: 2004 Explorer question

The bearings on my AWD Durango are sealed as well, and come as a complete assembly. It's a PITA to replace. The last one (right front wheel) I had to heat to get the 32mm nut off as it was on there solid. Took about two hours, remove the disc brake and caliper, pull the axle shaft, pull the old bearing and replace with new then reinstall.

Sometimes (it's too late for you now), it's best to check online for parts as you can often luck out. I pick up Timken bearings online (half price of what the dealer charges for their imported Chinese stuff) and have had great luck with them over the years. I tow regularly and my last front set of bearings lasted 102K miles.

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