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Ford Thunderbird, Transmission, Sedan
#6 of 16 Here's how........
Jun 22, 2003 (4:24 pm)
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The front wheel bearings are of the hub type design. The bearings are an integral part of the hub assembly and are pregreased for the life of the bearing. There are no adjustments to be made and they are not serviceable. If a bearing is suspected of being worn or damaged, the hub assembly must be replaced as a unit. Whenever a hub nut has been backed off or removed it must be replaced with a new nut. Never reuse an old nut and never use an impact tool to install the new nut.
Remove the center grease cap and loosen hub nut about 2-3 turns.
Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
Remove the brake caliper, then suspend out of the way with a piece of wire.
Do NOT let the brake caliper assembly hang by the fluid hose.
Matchmark the rotor and wheel hub bolt to assure the parts are installed in the proper location. Remove the push-on nuts from the wheel stud, then remove the rotor.
Remove and discard the hub nut.
Remove the wheel hub and bearing assembly by pulling it straight off the studs. If the assembly cannot be removed by hand, use Front Hub Remover T81P-1104-C, to remove the hub and bearing assembly.
Install hub and bearing assembly and a new hub nut. Only hand-tighten the nut at this time.
Install the rotor and push-on nuts. Make sure the rotor marks line up with the hub bolt marks.
Install brake caliper assembly. For details, please refer to the procedure located in Section 9 of this manual.
Install the tire and wheel assembly. Tighten the wheel lug nuts to 85-105 ft. lbs. (115-142 Nm) using a torque wrench.
Carefully lower the vehicle.
Tighten the center hub nut to 238-250 ft. lbs. and install a new hub grease cap, using a suitable tool as not to distort of damage the cap.
Once torque has been applied to hub nut, do not back off the nut for any reason. The hub nut must be replaced with a new nut each time the nut has been loosened. Serious damage and or personal injury will occur if the hub nut is not replaced.
#7 of 16 It's good to know that they are pregreased for the life of the bearing.
Jun 23, 2003 (10:28 am)
Thank you Alcan.
#8 of 16 the other way to say that, kinley,
Jun 23, 2003 (11:03 am)
is that once the grease is gone, the life is over.
#9 of 16 swschrad: Can't use my wheel bearing grease kit on our T B.
Jun 24, 2003 (8:32 am)
So, just wait for the tragedy?
#10 of 16 well, don't wait for a tragedy
Jun 24, 2003 (2:53 pm)
but when it starts squeaking or sounding/feeling rough, you are going to have to make a replacement. periodic regreasing buys more time in lubricatable parts IMHO.
#11 of 16 swschrad: When having the tires rotated
Jun 25, 2003 (9:07 am)
I ask the tech to check the pads and the bearings.
#12 of 16 Ford Automatic Transmissions
Jul 07, 2003 (5:09 pm)
The "shudder," which can take place between the 2-3 shift or 3-4 shift, is a common problem with the Ford AODE or 4R70W automatic transmissions. I bought a '97 Crown Vic in 2002 with 33k miles on it that had the same problem. After a lot of research, I found that the majority of the cases can be resolved with a relatively simple and inexpensive fix: go to your Ford dealership and have your tranny & torque converter *completely* flushed, then refilled with Motorcraft Mercon V synthetic tranny fluid. Make sure they flush it completely and refill it with the synthetic fluid. Refilling it with standard tranny fluid isn't likely to help much, if at all. This is something you should plan on doing about every 2 yrs or 30k miles, whichever comes first. It's good basic maintenance you should do for any car. It only cost me about $100-120, and the shudder went away immediately and hasn't returned.
Here's the TSB for it:
#13 of 16 RE:shuddering transmission
Jul 30, 2003 (3:59 pm)
what years were these shuddering transmissions installed on t birds?
Jul 30, 2003 (6:40 pm)
I read the TSB a few years ago as my '95 Cougar had the same problem. I may be wrong, but I think it went all the way back to '92 and pretty much included all their RWD cars with the 4.6L V-8. I'm not sure when the tranny changed, but I know it went up through '97.
#15 of 16 Ford does not recommend Mercon V before 98
Jul 31, 2003 (3:12 am)
except for the 5R55E in 97. They say that the formula can cause the clutches to delaminate.