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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:12 pm    Post subject:  Quick Wheel Hub Question Reply with quote

I think I have everything figured out, and I have all my parts either in my hands or in the mail. (Thanks ZSpot)

I'm working on the Front Passenger assembly, are any of the bolts that I will be messing with reverse threaded?? So I don't kill myself trying to break anything free and wind up just making them tighter.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Nope, nothing reverse thread down there..

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Not a problem.. Not sure if you've ever done one before, they're pretty straight forward.. The way I do it is unthread the axle nut out to the last few threads and then tap it in with a hammer and a block of wood to free up the axle from the hub. Then I take the nut off the rest of the way. Then the wheel can come off and the brake caliper and rotor. There are 3 bolts that bolt in from the back of the knuckle that hold the hub in. Remove those and then possibly the hardest part of the whole process is breaking the hub free of the knuckle. Don't forget to unplug the ABS wire. Installation is basically the reverse of this, It's important to clean up the inside of the knuckle pretty well, and I usually throw some never-sieze in there in case it has to come back out in the future.. It's also a good idea to throw a little grease on the axle before installing the hub on it. I would borrow a torque wrench for putting the axle nut back on. Improper torque on these can cause premature wear of the bearing.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

This is my first one, but I'm sure it won't be my last.

I've been doing a ton of reading on these things, tapping the axle nut is a good idea, thanks!

I do have all the proper torque wrenches needed. I always properly keep my wheels torqued. And I have a bottle of anti-seize and blue locktite.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:43 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Nope, nothing reverse thread down there..


Just be sure to compensate if you are working from the opposite side. I was working with the bolts heads away from me and was trying to break them loose and was actually tightening the damn things...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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outonthetiles wrote:
Nope, nothing reverse thread down there..


Just be sure to compensate if you are working from the opposite side. I was working with the bolts heads away from me and was trying to break them loose and was actually tightening the damn things...


haha, yes that is a common sense thing. But I know what you mean Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 5:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Counter clockwise when your looking at it,,,clockwise when your not.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Just wanted to thank everyone for any tips they threw my way.

Successfully (after a lot of hits with a BFH) I got the hub swapped out. Loud groaning is gone!!!

However, while I was doing the work, I noticed A LOT of grease all around the driveshaft, but I see no tear, and I hear/feel nothing? Sad

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Glad to hear you got it, it sure can be a pain to break the hub free from the knuckle sometimes. If you're seeing grease around the axle, there's a guarenteed tear in the boot unless its been replaced before and nobody cleaned up the grease. You're gonna have to eventually replace the axle. If you wait for noise/vibration under acceleration, that would be when I would replace it. If it's not noticable yet, you're still fine, just drive it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Glad to hear you got it, it sure can be a pain to break the hub free from the knuckle sometimes. If you're seeing grease around the axle, there's a guarenteed tear in the boot unless its been replaced before and nobody cleaned up the grease. You're gonna have to eventually replace the axle. If you wait for noise/vibration under acceleration, that would be when I would replace it. If it's not noticable yet, you're still fine, just drive it.


Yeah, my boots actually don't have any tears in it but they're throwing grease too. Seems to be leaking through the clamp holding down the boot. Both my axles have 180k on them and make a slight noise when acceleration so once we get the transmission fixed both axles will be getting replaced.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Can a bad hub just create some resistance, and maybe grease slipped out from the clamp?

I think I might drop the car to my mechanic on Saturday just to see what they say, maybe it just needs some grease and a new clamp?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

chibiblacksheep wrote:
Can a bad hub just create some resistance, and maybe grease slipped out from the clamp?

I think I might drop the car to my mechanic on Saturday just to see what they say, maybe it just needs some grease and a new clamp?


According to my shop, but I'm leaning towards not believing anything they say. I asked him about changing out the clamp and seeing if it stops it from throwing grease and he said that it isn't possible to do just that. And just for assurance, if your axles have never been changed before, it can't hurt to just change them out. $50 a side lifetime warranty, and you don't have to worry about them for another 100k miles.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:19 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If it truly is that cheap, I will replace them.

I don't think they were ever replaced, so that's a good 182,000 miles on it. Can't complain with that.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

chibiblacksheep wrote:
If it truly is that cheap, I will replace them.

I don't think they were ever replaced, so that's a good 182,000 miles on it. Can't complain with that.


My 2002 we just picked up has around 181k miles on the body and the original axles. They're just now throwing grease and making noise. I believe they're about $55 a side with a lifetime warranty from Autozone.

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