I have a 2003 Focus, one of whose rear wheel bearings needs repair.
For a while, we had trouble figuring out how to remove the wheel drum
at all (until a search on the internet, of course), but have seen
advice to not remove the center nut.
Is there a way to get at the bearings without breaking off that nut and
replacing it? Or advice about replacing/fixing rear wheel bearings on
the focus in general?
(My question is probably ill formed, due to lack of knowledge about the
cars, but I'm passing whatever information I get onto my father, who'll
as always, I would suggest getting the manual for your car. You have to
remove the wheel nut with socket and rachet in order to remove the rear
drums. Luckily you dont have a disc on the back so you can actually
change the wheel bearings yourself (or get your dad to do it). You will
need a pair of snap ring pliers to remove the wheel bearing retaining
clip. LMK if you need anything else.
Actually no, there will be a cotter pin locking the nut on. Remove the
cotter pin by cutting it out (Get a new one from your local Autozone,
Ford dealer or where ever) as you shouldnt reuse the old pin.. use your
socket to undo the nut then remove it and probably a washer and put
them aside (maybe in a hubcap so they dont get lost!). At this point
you will be ready to pull the drum off. If it doesnt come off get a
hammer and hit the top, right, left and bottom, not really hard, but
what happens sometimes is that the brakes will lock to the drum and
hitting the drum with a hammer will release the shoes. then you should
be able to pull the drum off, when you do, put it lug side down on a
rag so you dont damage the lugs. Next step get the bearing out... put
your circlip out with your circlip pliers... At this point you will be
ready to pull your old bearing out... looking further at the manual, it
seems that it will need to be pressed out... Depending how much
aggrivation you would like to go through you may want to consider
bringing it to a mechanic to press out.. I did the ones in my disc and
it took me all day.... email me back directly as I only get alerts from
this group once a day...
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