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Old 04-11-2019, 05:35 AM   #1
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Default 41 coupe wheel bearing service

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I'm looking to clean and repack the wheel bearings on my car. I'd like to have all the parts I will need on hand before I start tearing things apart. What will I need as far as seals and all the miscellaneous parts go. Wheel bearings themselves still seem to be in good shape, or at least are not showing any signs of going bad. Thank you for your help
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Old 04-11-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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Until you dismantle and inspect what you have, there is not any way anyone can tell what you will need.
The seals should be replaced and they as well as bearings, (if needed) are available from various vendors, such as this--------------


https://www.bobdrake.com/FordItem.aspx?Item=48-1190-A
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:40 AM   #3
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What I'm trying to find out is how many seals is there for the front and rear wheels. Is there an inner and outer seals or just one? Is there anything else that has to be replaced and can't be reused when wheel bearings are pulled?
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:46 AM   #4
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There are inner seals on both front and rear hubs. The rear hubs also have a seal that goes on after the drum is installed, over the axle before you put the washer and nut on. It’s more of a cardboard washer, than a seal.
I would prefer to reuse original bearings that are in good shape, than some of the stuff that’s out there today. Or if you prefer try to find some NOS/NORS bearings.
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Cotter keys? Felt washer for the rear?

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Old 04-11-2019, 10:11 AM   #6
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Aside from testing for front wheel bearing play while on the car, inspect the bearing races for uneven wear and over-heating marks.

2 x RalphM's recommendation regarding using NOS products. I have seen some forum members sometimes say they have trouble getting good quality seals.

I don't see you mentioning wheel bearing grease but you want a long fiber (high temp if possible) wheel bearing grease such as Sta-Lube SL3131 which is available at most NAPA stores or via Amazon on the internet where you may get lower pricing and free shipping. I buy my tranny and banjo Sta-Lube gear greases there.
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Oops, forgot cotter pins!
Charlie,
those washers come in felt? The ones I’ve seen were always like a pressed cardboard.
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Oops, forgot cotter pins!
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those washers come in felt? The ones I’ve seen were always like a pressed cardboard.
You are right. I should have said "fiber". The ones I have seen look more like brake shoe lining.

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Old 04-11-2019, 12:18 PM   #9
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What I'm trying to find out is how many seals is there for the front and rear wheels. Is there an inner and outer seals or just one? Is there anything else that has to be replaced and can't be reused when wheel bearings are pulled?
You are going to find only one seal in the rear hub. There is a second seal inside the axle housing. This second seal is not normally replaced unless it is leaking and required the rear end be disassemble to replace it.

If your vehicle has hydraulic brakes I would recommend adding safety hubs or clips while you are working on it.

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Old 04-11-2019, 06:06 PM   #10
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Oh, and your going to need one of these;
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:19 PM   #11
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I second what RalphM shows in his picture if the hubs are properly tightened. KRW rear hub puller.
If the rear wheel bearings are Ford Script, the cage that separates the rollers is hardened. On most new replacement bearings, this is soft metal. If rear wheel bearings are not Script, test the separator with a file to verify they are hard. If a file cuts it you should look for good used or NOS bearings as these soft parts can go away pretty quickly.
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:45 PM   #12
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I'm not sure what style hub is on a '41, whether it is a ring or groove type, but you can check what Vintage Precision has. I bought one for my '46 and it is excellent. I see the price has gone up by $25.00 since I bought mine.


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41 has a groove in the hub for the puller. The tool is a great idea. There are get arounds, but the tool is the best way to go.
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