REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
- Loosen the front wheel lug nuts.
- Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the disc brake calipers and support the caliper on the vehicle's frame rail.
- Remove the hub locks and lock nuts.
- Remove the hub and rotor.
- Remove the nuts retaining the spindle to the steering knuckle. Tap the spindle with a plastic or rawhide hammer to jar the spindle from the knuckle.
Inspect the needle bearings inside the spindle bore. If worn or damaged, replace as follows:
- Place the spindle in a vise on the second step of the spindle. Wrap a shop towel around the spindle or use a brass-jawed vise to protect the spindle.
- Remove the oil seal and needle bearing from the spindle with a slide hammer and seal remover tool, 1175-AC or equivalent.
- Clean all dirt and grease from the spindle bearing bore. Bearing bore must be free from nicks and burrs.
- Place the bearing in the bore with the manufacturer's identification facing outward. Drive the bearing into the bore using spindle bearing replacer tool, T83T-3123-A and drive handle T80T-4000-W or equivalent.
- Install the grease seal in the bearing bore with the lip side of the seal facing towards the tool. Drive the seal in the bore using spindle bearing replacer tool, T83T-3123-A and drive handle T80T-4000-W or equivalent. Coat the bearing seal lip with Multi-Purpose Long Life Lubricant C1AZ-19590-B or equivalent.
- Inspect the seal on the axle shaft, and if damaged or worn replace it. Refer to front axle shaft removal & installation procedure in this section.
- Install the splash shield and spindle onto the steering knuckle. Install and tighten the spindle nuts to 35-45 ft. lbs. (47-61Nm).
Since the rotor is removed, check that the wheel bearings are properly greased and that the rotor grease seal is in acceptable condition.
- Install the rotor on the spindle.
- Install the wheel bearing, locknut, thrust bearing, snapring and locking hubs.
- Install the disc brake calipers. Install the wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower the vehicle. Tighten the lug nuts to specification.