Replacing Ford Explorer Wheel Bearings

About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

Changing the front wheel bearings/hub on a 2009 Ford explorer was difficult but doable even for a novice mechanic. I recommend sourcing a genuine Ford replacement because the knockoffs have a nasty reputation of short lifespans.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    I have been told that it might be better to buy a whole new suspension arm and bearing than try to get the rear ones out. That often it takes a big press and the arm bends before the bearing comes. I don't even want to think about it.



    Reply 3 years ago

    I don't know about better or bending the arms. I've done both sides on my mom's 02 with my 12 ton press (not really big). PITA but its doable. All the videos I checked about doing it made it look worse than it was and it took me half the suggested time.

    After seeing the design flaws and poor planing ford did in it she is getting rid of it the next year or 2 so I don't have to worry about doing them again.