Ford Excursion, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator 2000-2005

Axle Shaft, Bearing & Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. Set the parking brake.
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  5. Loosen the axle shaft retaining bolts.
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  7. Raise the vehicle to the desired working height, keeping the axle parallel with the floor.
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  9. Release the parking brake
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  11. Remove the wheel(s).
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  13. Remove the brake caliper and brake disc on the single rear wheel axle.
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  15. Remove the retaining bolts and axle shaft.
    WARNING
    The hub nuts are right-hand thread (right hub) and left-hand thread (left hub). Each hub nut is stamped RH or LH.

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  17. Install the Ford Axle Locknut Socket 205-448 so that the drive tangs of the tool engage the four slots in the hub nut.
    NOTE
    Discard the hub nut if the hub nut comes apart during removal.

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  19. Remove the hub nut (counterclockwise for right-hand thread; clockwise for left-hand thread).
    NOTE
    The hub nut will ratchet during this operation.

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  21. Install the Step Plate.
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  23. Install the 2-Jaw Puller and loosen the rear hub to the point of removal.

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    Fig. Rear hub removal using step plate and jaw puller

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  25. Remove the rear hub assembly.
    NOTE
    Do not drop the outer hub bearing when removing the hub.


    WARNING
    Install a new hub seal each time the hub assembly is removed.

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  27. Pack each bearing and install new hub seals.
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  29. If after hub removal, the hub seal or seal inner sleeve remains on the spindle, remove it using the Step Plate and the 2-Jaw Puller.
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  31. Inspect the seal surface and inner shoulder for scratches and damage.
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  33. Remove all scratches, gouges or galling damage with No. 600 or finer crocus cloth.
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To install:

  1. Coat the spindle with axle lubricant.
    NOTE
    The hub bearings must be prelubed prior to installation.

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  3. Fill the hub cavity with 29.6 ml (1 oz) of axle lubricant.
    NOTE
    Use extreme care not to damage the hub seal by allowing it to contact the spindle during installation.

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  5. Coat the spindle and hub seal inside diameter with axle lubricant
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  7. Push the rear hub and outer bearing onto the spindle as an assembly. Hold the outer bearing seated and use the bearing as a pilot.
    WARNING
    Make sure the hub nut tab is located in the keyway prior to thread engagement.

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  9. Install the hub nut on the spindle.
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  11. Turn the hub nut clockwise for right-hand thread or counterclockwise for left-hand thread.
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  13. Position the Ford Axle Locknut Socket on the hub nut.
    NOTE
    The hub nut will ratchet as torque is applied.

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  15. Tighten the hub nut, rotating the rear hub occasionally while tightening.
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  17. Adjust hub nuts as follows:

    For new bearings, ratchet back five teeth or notches (1/8 turn) on the hub nut. Five notches must be felt during this operation in order to have carried it out correctly.
     
    For used bearings, ratchet back seven teeth or notches (1/6 turn) on the hub nut. Seven notches must be felt during this operation to have carried it out correctly.
     

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  19. Inspect the axle shaft O-ring seal for cracks, nicks or wear and replace it if required.
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  21. Lubricate the O-ring seal with lubricant prior to installation of axle shaft.
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  23. Install the axle shaft and tighten bolts until they seat.
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  25. Install the brake disc and caliper on the single rear wheel axles.
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  27. Install the wheels and tires but do not tighten the wheel nuts to specification at this time.
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  29. Check the axle lubricant level and add if needed.
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  31. Lower the vehicle.
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  33. Tighten the wheel nuts.
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  35. Tighten the axle shaft retaining bolts to 80 ft. lbs. (109 Nm).
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