Driveshaft center support bearing — check and replacement Ford F150

Note: Driveshaft center support bearing replacement requires the use of a hydraulic press. Remove the driveshaft and have a repair shop or automotive machine shop remove the bearing.


1. The center support bearing can be checked in a similar manner as the universal joints are examined. Check for looseness or deterioration of the flexible rubber mounting.


2. Raise the vehicle and support it securely on jackstands.

3. Remove the driveshaft (see Driveshaft(s) – removal and installation).

Ford F150 Driveline_Driveshaft center support bearing - check and replacement_ Remove the bolts securing the strap to the center support bearing

Remove the bolts securing the strap to the center support bearing

4. Remove the strap which retains the rubber cushion to the bearing support bracket .

5. Separate the cushion, bracket and remove the rubber insulator.

6. Have the old bearing and dust slinger pressed off.

7. Install a new slinger and bearing.

8. Pack the space between the inner dust slinger and the bearing with lithium-base grease.

9. Carefully tap the bearing and slinger assembly onto the driveshaft journal until the components are tight against the shoulder on the shaft. Use a suitable piece of tubing to do this, taking care not to damage the shaft splines.

10. Lubricate the shaft splines with lithium-base grease.

11. Install the bearing rubber cushion, bracket and strap. The center support bearing bracket should be installed with the deep flange rearward.

12. Install the flange and retaining nut. Tighten the nut to the torque listed in this Chapter’s Specifications.

13. The remainder of installation is the reverse of removal.

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