Your Vehicle: 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 L4-2.0L DOHC VIN 3
Vehicle » Testing and Inspection » Component Tests and General Diagnostics » Wheel Bearing Check.  
  Wheel Bearing Check.  
  1. Raise the vehicle until the front tires are off the floor.
    • Make sure the wheels are in a straight forward position.


  1. Spin the tire by hand to check the wheel bearings for roughness.

NOTE : Make sure the wheel rotates freely and that the brake pads are retraced sufficiently to allow free movement of the tire and wheel assembly.


  1. Grip each front tire at the top and bottom and move the wheel inward and outward while lifting the weight of the tire off the front wheel bearing.


  1. If the tire and wheel (hub) is loose on the spindle, does not rotate freely, or has a rough feeling when spun, carry out one of the following:
1 On vehicles with inner and outer bearings, inspect the bearings and cups for wear or damage. Adjust or install new bearing and cups as necessary.
2 On vehicles with one sealed bearing install a new wheel hub.