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14bFF with no spindle locknut - stock or bogus?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Jed, May 15, 2002.

  1. Jed

    Jed Registered Member

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    I just took off the hub/drum assembly from my GM 14 bolt, full-floater to look at the brakes. It only had the adjusting nut on the spindle including the key and key-retainer ring. Is this normal or has some turkey done a bad servicing in the past?

    The reason I as is that the Haynes manual I'm using talks about a locknut. They don't show any pictures tho. I've got a Chilton's manual on order so I can cross match it with the Haynes on things like this.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. SCOOBYDANNN

    SCOOBYDANNN 1/2 ton status

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    As far as i know there are 2 different types of locking mechanisims for the 14ff----the one you talk about is like a little block that you have to position the nut right along w/ the spindle to lock everything and then you put a "snap ring of sorts" that is curved where the block "key" goes (This is the one I have and and have seen one other like it (my 14FF is from a 1 ton van) and my friend has the system like the front. where one nut goes on, then a nother ring that "locks" the 1st nut, and another nut sandwiches it. (he has a 14FF from a 3/4 truck.)we were kinda confused at first also but as an old friend said-----"Just go with it"
     
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    Mine also has the single nut with key and retainer ring.
     
  4. Jed

    Jed Registered Member

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    Thanks for the quick feedback. I'm glad I don't have to make an extra trip to the parts store.

    As for 'just going with it' I'm a bit skeptical on this truck so far - I just bought it and the guy had just replaced the front brake pads. Good I thought. Then when I was replacing the calipers (due broken bleed screws and I had a steering pull to fix by hopefully a good bleed job) I found that the turkey has mismounted the inner pad such that it had fallen down between the rotor and the bottom of the backing plate! I still don't know why the brakes didn't squeal like h*ll from the caliper cup grinding away on the rotor. I find it hard to believe that someone could screw up this badly.
     

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