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Wheel Bearing Removal: How NOT to - Video

 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:06 pm    Post subject:  Wheel Bearing Removal: How NOT to - Video Reply with quote

I was driving around in Paranoia mode for the past month or so... I have a new(ish) motor in my car and my tranny is slipping. So I have been driving around with the fan and radio off listening for the next sign of trouble.

I found it.

About two weeks ago, I noticed my snow tires got knobbier... I mean... they MUST be because the road noise is getting to the point where my car sounds like a truck.

Then it dawned on me that my tires did not magically get un-poopy. No... no... my wheel bearings are cooked.

Long story short: A great friend invites me to change them at his shop. According to the online videos and documentation... should be a snap.

Problem with that is, none of those examples had a wheel bearing that was rust WELDED to the cv axel like the passenger side one was.

Pounded.
Heated.
Pulled.
Soaked.

Nothing worked.


Paul says; "I know what to do!"

Call in the welders torch.

I look away to not see the carnage and to not catch a flash... when I hear the torch go out... I still hear sizzling.

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN CURSING!
http://youtu.be/i_JCYpFeQQs

Please notice the smoking heap of slag on the ground under the axle... it was epic.

Put it all together and the car works great. (THANKS PAUL!!!)

A bit of a burnt nutty smell to it though...

Craig
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:26 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I would keep an eye out for other things happening now..

mostly keep an eye on your axles..may have fried a boot and it may be spitting grease, also not sure how a fire affects ball joints and tie rods, but it just keep an eye out for those things

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You might be a...... No I will not go there. That looks kinda sketchy.....What all got heated up during this?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Remove Knuckle, torch off the car?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm not sure how hot everything was but would putting water on hot metal crack something or are you replacing that stuff anyway.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:43 pm    Post subject:  wheel bearing . . . Reply with quote

should of got the marshmallows out . . .

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Car-b-que?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Come on... who among us has not had cause to use a hot wrench?

Wink

So far, so good with the various bushings and what not... I have driven about 400 miles since Friday when I did it.

Craig
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

cprince wrote:
Come on... who among us has not had cause to use a hot wrench?

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i dated a few back in the mid 80's..... oh.... wwwwwrench. sorry. Laughing peace, john

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Looks as good or better than beating the $hit out of it with a BFH.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:21 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Bill58 wrote:
Looks as good or better than beating the $hit out of it with a BFH.


umm... err.... yaaaa....

Did I mention that I did go that route?

Unsuccessfully?

I ended up mushroom-ing the end of the axle and had to cut off about 1/4inch to get the nut back on.

I now, officially, have Custom Offset (passenger side only) Shortened Speed Axle.

COSSA!

Its ok to stare.

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