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GM 10 bolt front axle bearings and seals

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by heaj1, Dec 18, 2001.

  1. heaj1

    heaj1 Registered Member

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    I need some pointers on getting the axle shafts out of my 10 bolt front axle to replace the bearings and seals. I have torn everything i could apart and still cant figure out how to get the damn shafts out! Do I have to pull the U joints apart or the Spindle king pins? Or both? I have been busting knockles (on hands not axle) for two weeks to no avail. Many sincere thanks for any help or direction to a website provided. Hope to have my beast driving and out of the garage soon. Again, thanks.
     
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    You have to beat the spindles off with a rubber mallet or a hammer and a block of wood. Once you get the spindles off the axles will simply slide right out.
     
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    Just a thgought here... if you replace the beaings in the diff you are gonna need to recheck your gear setup... and IMO if you are having problems getting the axle shafts out you probably are gonn need some help for the gears. After the new bearings are installed you should be close (or maybe right on), but you want to definetlt double check the pattern and see what it reveals.

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    Once you get the backing plates off the spindle will come off &amp; your axle shaft will slide right out. Or at least mine did.
    Jim

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  5. heaj1

    heaj1 Registered Member

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    For clarification purposes, the spindle is seperate from the rest of the hub assembly (hub assembly-contains wheel studs) correct? and the spindle has holes in it for the studs to come through? I have a really BFH and dont want to demolish the wrong part by being ignorant, haha. Thanks a million for the prompt response.
     
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    the spindle is what the wheel bearings and seal ride on.
    use a block of wood to protect the spindle and beat it with a BFH.
    as soon as you get one side to move a bit try jamming something like a screwdriver in to use as a pivot and beat it the other way etc
    on reassembly
    get the area of the spindle that seats against the knuckle really clean and coat it with anti sieze compound. next time it will come apart with a couple of light taps with a soft hammer on the edge.
    unless you enjoy the bash fest, I hate doing that
     
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    heaj1 Registered Member

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    77chev you rock, Thanks a bunch for the info, I only wish I had asked earlier, less FUBAR knuckles, haha. I should have it done in the morn, yeeeee haaaaaw!!!

    Jamie
     

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