2001 Ford F-150 Replace Wheel Bearings
The 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck is part of the 10th generation of F-150 trucks which were produced between 1997 and 2004. The 2001 model contains heavy duty axles as well as a load levelling rear suspension system. Wheel bearings in your truck are vital in ensuring the wheels on your truck turn in an axial motion. High speed and constant use can damage your wheel bearings, leading them to require replacement.
Replace Wheel Bearings
- Place the car jack underneath your Ford F-150 truck. Raise the truck up off the ground. Slide the jack stand underneath the vehicle. Place the stand onto the frame of your F-150 -- this will help give extra support for the Ford and act as added protection when replacing the bearings.
- Loosen the lug nuts attached to the wheel using a lug wrench. Pull the wheel away from the axle and place in a safe area for reattachment later.
- Use a socket wrench to remove the mounting bolts which hold the brake caliper in place. Lift the caliper out of the bracket and rest on something solid such as a wooden block or brick. This will prevent you from hanging the caliper by the brake line hydraulic hose which could break or leak vital brake fluid.
- Remove the retaining nut attached to the brake rotor and slide it away from the wheel assembly. Remove the nut which holds the hub in place and slide the hub away from the spindle. Take the inner and outer bearings from the wheel hub.
- Clean all the bearing grease off the hub using an old cloth. Take the old wheel bearings out and discard them in the trash. Place the new wheel bearings into the wheel hub and fix into the seals. Coat the new bearings lightly in grease. Reattach the wheel hub and the rest of the wheel assembly by following the removal steps in reverse.