Ford Mustang (1999-2004) Service Manual: Wheel Bearing Check

1. WARNING: The electrical power to the air suspension system must be shut off prior to hoisting, jacking or towing an air suspension vehicle. This can be accomplished by turning off the air suspension switch. Failure to do so can result in unexpected inflation or deflation of the air springs, which can result in shifting of the vehicle during these operations.

Raise the vehicle until the front tires are off the floor.

  • Make sure the wheels are in a straight forward position.

2. NOTE: Make sure the wheel rotates freely and that the brake pads are retraced sufficiently to allow free movement of the tire and wheel assembly.

Spin the tire by hand to check the wheel bearings for roughness.

Wheel Bearing Check

3. Grip each front tire at the top and bottom and move the wheel inward and outward while lifting the weight of the tire off the front wheel bearing.

Wheel Bearing Check

4. If the tire and wheel (hub) is loose on the spindle, does not rotate freely, or has a rough feeling when spun, carry out one of the following:

  1. On vehicles with inner and outer bearings, inspect the bearings and cups for wear or damage. Adjust or install new bearings and cups as necessary.
  2. On vehicles with one sealed bearing, install a new wheel hub.

Wheel Bearing Check

 

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