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Old 05-29-2004, 12:54 PM
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Wheel bearibg torque for Escort?

Hey folks, I know it aint no hotrod, but my around town econobox had a front wheel bearing start growling and I changed it (no small feat) but I can't seem to find a torque value for the retaining nut on the front hub. Anyone have a manual handy, and bea able to post the torque value? Would hate to ruin the new bearing.

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Old 05-29-2004, 01:16 PM
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I would think that between 180 and 200#s should be ok.
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It might help to post the year and make of the vehicle. I have checked my manuals and can't find a generic "econobox" listed.
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The spindle nut should be tightened to about 12 ft-lbs,then spin the hub in a forward direction to seat the bearings.Check the nut is still at 12 ft-lbs, then loosen it, just so it is loose, then retighten with your hand, no wrench.To install the cotter pin loosen the nut to align the next hole.Do not loosen more than one
half flat to install cotter pin.
(BTW after all that, it isīnt a front wheel driver is it?)
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Yeah, it's a front wheel drive. I took j6stang's advice and torqued it to 190#s and it seems to be fine. Thanks guys.
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