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Replacing rear wheel bearings?

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by WIEscort, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. WIEscort

    WIEscort FEOA Member

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    1997 Escort LX, with nearly 200,000. I'm in the process of doing the drum to disc conversion plus going through everything else that's back there. Can the rear wheel bearings be pressed out of the hubs, or are they somehow permanently in there? I've got new hubs but would like to put some U.S. made bearings in there. I already tried pressing the bearings out (both ways), but without breaking anything, they don't want to move. On a side note, Ford no longer sells the brake backing plate/dust shield, and I can't find any online. Anyone have some, should I start searching the yards, should I fab some up, or do I even need them? Thanks for any help!
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    ZX2.0 FEOA Member

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    The rear bearing is integral to the hub. It doesn't press out like the front. If you want USA made, try and find some from WBI (Wheel Bearing Inc.) Made in Michigan
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    My opinion on dust sheilds....you don't really need 'em

    1 running Ford out of 5 isn't bad, right?
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    WIEscort FEOA Member

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    Thanks for the link! Did some searching, and it looks like Summit Racing is a distributor for them. $35 not bad at all! I think I paid closer to $50 for the Moog units I've got. I did notice they're listed as being for rear drums only, I thought the rear hubs were all the same for all non-ABS Escorts?

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