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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Need Rear Hub Help

first off, if this is in the wrong sub forum, im sorry, i didn't know what to classify a rear hub as, either suspension or drivetrain or brakes.

I noticed the right rear hub on my T-Bird was loose, worn enough that the top of the tire would move in and about 3/4" of an inch. Fine, need a new rear hub bearing before it blows out and does even more damage.

I pulled off knuckle, pressed out old bearing (what a pain! but it finally came out), pressed new bearing in (after heating up knuckle with torch), pressed old hub in and it still wobbles!?!? crap! whats wrong?

played with the hub and saw there was a gap between the back/inner/closest to differential side of the bearing. I seats tight to outer bearing, but doesn't touch inner part of bearing, Pulled hub to find this:


started looking and asking, is that supposed to be a step down or tapered?

found a online photo to compare it to: no step...


Do i need a new hub?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 10:26 PM
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Nope, that's trashed, you need a new hub.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, thought that it was gone bad, but it had such a fine finish on the hub, it was hard to tell if it was factory or not.

I think i will pull one from the local boneyard for about $15 instead.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-09-2011, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
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Pulled one from the boneyard. Good thing i brought all my tools, jerk in the yard wanted to charge me $21 more for the knuckle assembly

Good on Left, Bad on Right
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You would be better off buying a new hub rather then going to the hassle of pressing out/in a junkyard hub. You should not need to use any heat when doing this job if using the proper tools, you may have damaged the new bearing. Spending another $21 for the whole Knuckle is not a bad choice if the bearing/hub/bushings were in good shape since it would have been plug and play.

Be sure to use a new nut.

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