My 68 Mustang coupe’s Ford 8 inch rear axle bearings started groaning about a week ago and have been growing louder by the day. The wail of a bearing contemplating suicide is a sound I fear since the day an exploding wheel bearing left me stranded on a narrow shoulder of the Staten Island Expressway. So I addressed it as soon as I was able.
With a little patience and the right tools, it’s actually fairly simple to replace Ford 8 inch rear axle bearings. If the bearings in your old Ford are howling in despair, here’s what you’ll need to do – preferably sooner rather than later.