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Over spring break, I have to replace both front wheel bearings on a 1993 ford festiva L. I know that this is an escort forum, but the basic design of both cars is the same, and I wanted to know if anybody here has ever replaced their wheel bearings.

The haynes manual doesn't say anything about it. They say that because of the tools you need, they didn't write a section for it. I got a quote of 200 bucks from the auto garage, and considering that the parts are only like 20 bucks, I think that the mechanics can go straight to hell.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
 

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Dont you just love a repair book that does'nt have the info you need. The following repair is beyond the scope of the home mechanic. At least if they gave you an exploded view from a parts breakdown that would help. Beat the old bearings out with a big hammer and tap the new ones in with a small hammer. Remember there's a hammer for every adjustment!
 

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Much easier with a shop press if you have one, and some heat. Other than that for someone like you sirigan, the rest of the process is self explanitory :wink:

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You have to press out the hub from the center of the bearing then the bearing out of the hub. Uasually the bearing will come apart and half of it will stay on the hub shaft. I use a die grinder ( with a cut off wheel ) to notch the race and then split it with a hammer and cheisl taking care not to dammage the hub. Then you you press the new bearing into the hub using only the outter race to press it in. Then brace only the inner race and press the hub into the bearing so that there in no pressure transfered into the rest of the bearring. We use a 20 ton shop press and anything from sockets to old bearing parts fot the adapters. http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/D ... mber=32879 I also have used the OTC http://toolcraze.com/Merchant2/merchant ... y_Code=sus It is a great tool and can do wheel bearings on the car and has a lot of adapters. I have never had any luck with doing this job with a big hammer!

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