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Old 03-03-2011, 05:45 PM
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So i have a 2003 2wd v6 3.0 flex fuel ranger, when i purchased the vehicle, there was lots of what appeared to be grease on the wheel/rim. this is on the back passenger side.

I didnt know whats was up, but thankfully friends and neighbors recognized the issue and told me that i needed to replace or repack and seal my bearings.

So of course the do-it-yourself-er that i am went to auto zone and tried to just go ahead and purchase new bearings. Well the counter guy told me that there's two different sizes of bearings, and that i gotta take it apart and look at the to find out which one i need.

The how to on this site didnt say anything about bearings being a certain size, and from what diagrams i found, it seemd like both sizes were used.
IS this accurate?

Also, The recommended bearings of the posters as far as quality was Timken, so i went to rock auto to find that yes there is two different size bearings, but there is also what looks like a bearing/ hub assembly.

so im not quite sure what to purchase to do the job.

And is there anything else i should do while im already there?
i would really like to work on my brakes, seems like the obvious answer

Im assuming that the original owner of the vehicle didn't do proper routine maintenance, as Ive rebuilt the transmission and replaced some other things since the purchase a year ago.
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:08 PM
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Default Re: more bearing questions/advice

Since yours is a RWD, I'm assuming yours is like mine, the inner bearing is bigger than the outer bearing. The only choices I had at Advance Auto Parts was RWD or 4X4, so I'm not sure what they are talking about.

It sounds like your hub seal is bad, and thus the grease leak. Make sure you replace it while doing the bearings. There is a race already in the hub on each side. If they look good, just ignore the new ones that come with the bearings.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:10 AM
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So Im assumeing i just buy the bearings then?
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Old 03-06-2011, 01:14 PM
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If there is nothing wrong with the hub or the bearing race that is already pressed in, then yes just the bearings.

Depending on the condition of the bearings, you might be fine with just a new seal on the back of the hub.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:50 PM
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So i know im takeing forever on this, but is there a difference between the front and back bearings?

Rock auto has them both listed as rear bearings so im not sure what to purchase.
also my local auto shop didnt have them in stock, or the seals( i also couldnt find the seals on rock auto)

so i will eventually check the next nearest shop.....
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