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Hub Nut Removal Tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Cricket, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Cricket

    Cricket 3/4 ton status

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    Anyone have a trick for getting the hub nut off when the axle is sitting on jackstands? The nut is on tight on the axle wants to spin right off the stands when I try to loosen the nut. Having the wife sit on the axle didn't help much and she thinks I'm crazy to begin with. :doah:

    The nut socket wants to move from side to side too so it's a bit frustrating. Maybe I need an impact? Someone has to have a trick to getting this s.o.b. off of there.

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  2. HarryH3

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    Definitely one of those times when air tools are your friend. :rolleyes: :wink1:
     
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    Impact, or stick a screwdriver in the rotor fins and let it hit the caliper. That should hold everything still. Good luck.
     
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    Nothing like an impact. Good reason to get an air compressor and tools :D
     
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    I just let the jackstands down a bit so when it started to spin around the pinion hit the ground that way you're using the weight of the axle against it self...worked for me :confused: Maybe do somthign redneck like chain it to something in a way so it won't rotate and use a big cheater bar? Can't be THAT difficult ;) :D
     
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    Hey James, I can tell you how THIS old redneck does it on D70s:
    Step one; go buy 2 new hub nuts
    Step two; go buy a GOOD cold chisel bout 18 inches long
    Step three; use the cold chisel and a 3 pound hammer to turn the old nuts off
    Step four; throw away old nuts

    Good Luck Buddy!!!!!
     
  7. Cricket

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    Got it off and got the axle disassembled. Thanks guys for the advice, in the end I just set it on the floor.

    The only nut I have not been able to break loose is the pinion. I have a feeling I'll be lifting it onto the bench vise.

    Unless someone has a simple removal method for the pinion? Ha, the search function does have a purpose but my brain doesn't. :D
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2005
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    I'd bust those things loose before you take the wheels off next time.
     
  9. Cricket

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    I bought it loose - ie. no wheels/not mounted. Needed it for the 8 lug outers. If it had been on my truck things would have taken a different direction.

    The pipe wrench trick worked great on the pinion, thanks dudes.
     

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