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front wheel bearings/spindle question

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by mastercraftkpk, Apr 1, 2003.

  1. mastercraftkpk

    mastercraftkpk 1/2 ton status

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    I dug into the front end tonight. Got the bearings off & repacked, but the Chilton's manual talks about greasing the spindle bearings as well every time that you do the wheel bearings.

    How do you do this? The Chevy service manual, Chilton's, and Haynes do not go into any detail at all.

    What the heck is Chilton's talking about? Does the spindle shaft slide off/over the axle shaft with a little "persuasion"? /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif

    Thanks for any help
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    Take off the 6 bolts around the axle shaft, on the knuckle remove the dust sheild and then the spindle. Get something between the spidle and knuckle to get it off.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I will dig into it tonight.
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    Once the bracket/shield is out of the way, I just tapped on the spindle with a soft-faced hammer (trying to avoid hitting any of the bearing sufaces) while pulling outward on the spindle. The threads on the end of the spindle are a good place to grip and pull. Like you said, just takes some persuasion and patience, but they do just slide off.
     
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    I have my hubs off and there is play in the axle shaft coming out of the spindle. Does that mean that bearing is bad?
     
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    No, the axles a full floating design. Thats what its supposed to do.
     
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    Does anyone have any tips on driving the spindle bearing out of the spindle? It is a real bugger to reach due to the length of the spindle.

    Also, does anyone have a source for new spindle lugs/bolts?
    After pulling the spindle, I noticed that 1 is stripped and 1 is cracked.

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    I ended up using a bolt chocked sideways in the spindle and beat on it with a brass drift. It ended up coming out in a dozen pieces /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    That one wasn't fun.

    I have no idea where you can get the studs.
    They are known to be a weak point.
    I would look into going to a larger size.
    You might be able to run a bolt in from the back side.
    You would have to grind the heads down so the axle shaft doesn't hit them though.
     
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    Thanks.

    Ended up "packing" the spindle bearing while left in the spindle. Messy, but got the job done.

    Believe it or not, I found the spindle bolts at the dealer. Part #465057 for $3.76 ea. Although pricey, they save the pain of grinding off the head.

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