Matching Axles For 2003 Ford F150

We needed to replace our 2003 Ford F150 axel… Again. Phil walks you through all the things you have to decide on and compare.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Went to AutoZone looking for the axel
00:45 For this truck there are 12 different versions of axel
01:35 Tag number for that axel
02:00 Gentleman who restores vehicles helped them figure things out
02:30 Difference between driver’s side and passenger
03:20 The lug bolts helped identify the axel
04:15 Want to know if your part has the barring and seal
04:30 Matching the lug patterns up
05:49 Putting the lug nuts on.
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Well, here we are again after a couple of days. Um, went to AutoZone to find out that there are approximately for this year of truck F150. Probably 12 different versions. There are different sizes here. There are different bolt patterns, there are different bolt thicknesses. Um, barring size, uh, different spline, which is these little ribs. If you notice, these two are, are this one’s longer here, and they are telling me with a mechanic that was there, that is actually only using this much and it really wasn’t a need for taking it that far.

Just allows other situations more universal. But this one actually came, this is a 2003 but the tag number which we show on the tag number.

“I believe so.”

That tag number V828B did not match anything in 2003 2004 or 2002 it did match 2000 period uh 2000 axle again this guy who restored vehicles, he happened to be there and he was a blast to talk to. Um, he was saying that quite often they would use whatever stock they had and they would put that tag on there so you can identify so those tags you might want to, even if you put a custom, um, cover on it, you want to maintain those tags somewhere so you know, what your axles are. It wouldn’t be as hard but again, if you go through from 2003 to 2000, 2000, who knows how many different axles. Now why so many some of them of your axles are on your driver’s side.

In this case this is a passenger side. They call that the right side. Your driver’s side is different, it’s usually longer, and it has different areas in it that are different sizes. Uh, so quite a bit to learn there. So it’s really important to keep up with your tag number or else you’re just going to have to keep trying to match it up.

And we end up doing that anyway. So I’m not sure how good that really is. Uh, so now we got to get the lug, the lug bolts to the same kind of pattern we have here, which helped identify if this was the right one because these were 14 Mm. And this accommodated 14. Mm. Whereas the other one, we had that look very similar.

It was, it looked exceptionally similar to this that we have now, except it did not accommodate for 14, it accommodated for larger ones. So I would have had one rim with a larger lug nut not what I wanted or at least larger bolts. So I wouldn’t want a different lug nut if I ever had to replace it. So now we’re gonna try to see if we can figure out how to… Uh

“You were think just as much as I was, I was thinking about doing the same thing.”

Got grease on me. They give you a package with all these in it, and the one that we ordered originally, it was not the right one. Uh, didn’t come with the bearing and the seal, so you’ll have to determine, uh, whenever you order whether or not you need to order an additional, uh, seal. So now let’s see here.

“Well, look that. Well slide this into that, uh, yeah, you’re good right there.”

That one there. That one there this one here. And this one here.

“You need the bolts”

I got some here.

“Oh you do?”

I don’t think it’s the same one.

“I mean those will work, bolts are just bolts and saves you a hassle.”

I’ll probably do a separate video on that. Bottom’s out there, so we may have to put something there. I’ve had to do that before. Like at a larger nut, to slide over it all.

“Uhh… Get out. these give any better?”

Might I don’t know. Lary’s mowing his whole field. Over there. yeah. That’d be better.

All right. So what we’ve done is run the lug nut up on here. If you notice, just got some ribs there that will be smashed in there and stay usually as soon as we pull this down. I actually have a, uh, you can do this with a regular ratchet and hammer that in a little bit and get started and pull it all the way down.

Then you back that bolt off. But in this case, we have an impact. We’re going to see how far we can get with it. Umm.

“What’s we looking for?”

Is that on the high?


Which is slower?

“That’s slow.”

That’s more is stronger.

“No, this one is different than the drill.”

Oh, weaker. We’ll probably have to do it by hand.

“That’s going to be a trip.”

Have to have big air impact to run it down, otherwise. Which I have, we just don’t do that it’s going to spawn.

“Well, spin it until it comes down here? No that’s not going to help anyways.”

I just fill out all the…

“Oh, the bolt pattern fell out?”

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