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How to Replace Front Wheel Hub and Bearing 2013-19 Ford Police Interceptor

Created on: 2020-05-14

Watch this video to learn how to install a new wheel hub and bearing assembly on your 2013-19 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, or Explorer.

Tools needed

  • Torque Wrench


    Pry Bar

    18mm Socket

    19mm Socket

    32mm Socket

    T40 Socket

    Brake Caliper Hanger

    8mm Socket

    Center Punch

    Anti-Seize Grease

    Brake Grease


    Cloth Rags

    Needle nose pliers

    1/2 Inch Breaker Bar

    1/2 Inch Air Impact Gun

Take the center cap off. Just use a pry bar. You can use a rag underneath, so you don't scratch anything. Use a 19-millimeter socket to take the lug nuts off. Take the wheel off. Now, we're going to take the caliper and the bracket off together. Just take the caliper bracket bolts off using the 18-millimeter socket. Now, take the caliper off, and use a brake caliper hanger, and attach it to the coil spring. Just make sure the brake hose doesn't have any tension on it. Now, I'm going to take this screw out, and use a T40 socket, and slide the rotor off.

Now, we're going to take this nut off, and use a 32-millimeter socket. I just want to loosen up the axle from the hub assembly. Just take a punch and a hammer. Just give it a couple of taps. You don't have to push it in too far. Just get it a little bit loose. That looks good. Now, we want to take the ABS sensor out, our wheel speed sensor out. I'm going to use a 8-millimeter socket. Take this bolt out. Take that bolt out, and just take some needle nose pliers and just slide it out. Put it aside. There's four bolts on the backside of the knuckle. Take those bolts out. Use an 18-millimeter socket.

All right. So, these bolts are loose, but I'm not going to take them out completely because the CV joint is in the way. But as long as they're loose, then we can take a hammer to the hub. Just hit the backside of the hub. Just go back and forth, side to side, and just take the punch. Hummer the axle through. Just should slide right up. Take this spacer and make sure you put this on before...I just put a little grease on the back, so that it stays secure. Just on the axle. I'm just going to use a little bit of anti-seize. Just put a nice thin coat just to keep some of the corrosion away.

Take the hub and just slide it on. You can get the bolts started. I'm going to use a torque wrench and torque these bolts, all 4 of those, to 122 foot-pounds. And take the ABS sensor, a little speed sensor, slide that back into position, put the bolt in, and just snug that bolt up. It's good. All right, take the old nut, put the old nut on, and I'm just going to snug it up. So, there's a special procedure for torquing this nut. In the procedure, they tell you not to lower the vehicle down on the ground to torque the nut. What they mean by that is, don't have the wheel on, and have the weight of the vehicle on the spindle, or the wheel bearing while you're tightening it up.

So, what you want to do is take a pry bar, and just slide it between the lugs. And use the torque wrench. Torque the old nut to 258 foot-pounds. All right, now that seats the hub bearing to the axle. What you're supposed to do is remove that nut, put a brand new nut on, and re-torque it to 258 foot-pounds. All right, just take a thin coat of anti-seize. Put it on the hub. Take the rotor, put the rotor on, and make sure you line up that hole with the threads. Put the screw in, and just snug it up. That's good.

Yeah, now, take the caliper off the hanger, and put it back on the rotor. And get the bolts started, and now torque these to 122 foot-pounds. Put the wheel back on. Put the lug nuts on. Now, I'm going to torque the wheels to 110 foot-pounds in a cross pattern, so I tighten the wheel down evenly. And just go around again. Double-check. Center cap. Line it up. Just tap it on.

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