In this article, LMR covers the steps you need to know to remove and replace the front wheel hubs for all 2005-2014 S197 Mustangs. Replacing the wheel hub assembly may be needed during your ownership of your S197. This article will give you the proper knowledge of replacing an old/worn-out wheel hub. Some of the things to look for to know if you have a worn wheel hub are constant audible noises from the front end while driving and even vibrations through the steering wheel.
Today in the shop, we will be working on Jay's 2012 GT500. This car is nearing 200,000 miles, so it is past due for a new set of hubs. Jay had noticed over the past few weeks of driving some excessive noise from his driver’s front wheel. We are going to go ahead and knock out both sides as preventive maintenance.
Some of the tools you will need are going to be:
- Lift or a jack and a set of jack stands
- Complete socket set
- 3/8" or 1/2" impact or ratchets
- Breaker bar
- Dead-blow hammer
- Some assorted pry bars
- Flat-bladed screwdriver
- 36mm 1/2" socket
- 1/2" torque wrench
Overall this one should take you roughly 1-2 hours to complete. Now let's get started!
S197 Mustang Wheel Hub Replacment
- To begin the installation, place the car on a lift or jack stands and remove both front wheels.
- You will need to remove your stock calipers and rotors from the car. If you need to know how this task is completed, check out our S197 Mustang brake removal article.
- Next, you will need to remove the front spindle nut dust cap. Using a flat-bladed screwdriver and a hammer, lightly tap the screwdriver between the cap and the hub face. Do this on multiple sides until you can pry the cap away from the hub.
- Now, using your 1/2" impact and the 36mm socket, remove the nut holding the wheel hub to the spindle.
- Once the spindle is off, take a few minutes to inspect the spindle and ensure the surfaces are clean and free from any defects. Slide the new hub in place and thread on the new spindle nut.
- This nut needs to be torqued to 221-295 lb/ft.
- Center the cap on the hub face, and using a 1/2" extension and your dead blow, lightly tap the surrounding edges until this fully seats in place.
- Reinstall your brakes and torque all parts to factory specifications and repeat these steps for the other side.
- Reinstall your wheels and tires, test drive the vehicle and you're all done!
Well, wrapping things up, we hope that this article has helped you and you have a better understanding of how to replace your wheel hubs for your S197 Mustang.
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