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Help! - Front Hub Removal - I Have One Hour.


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Hi Guys,

I'm changing my front n/s hub as the bearing has gone.

I've got the bolts out but it won't come off.

I've put WD40 on it and tried banging it hard and I even managed to get a piston retractor to push it away from the knuckle but no movement at all.

I'm supposed to be picking up a new customer in the car at 10am so - HELP!!

Would heat help? I'm a bit concerned about heat as I think the knuckle is aluminium, what do you think?

Any ideas welcomed.

Thanks

Mike

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I just had this idea to use the weight of the car to get it off.

1. I raise the car with a couple of strong axle stands under the x-member so it's resting on the stands.

2. I replace the brake disc and wheel.

3. I raise the car a further inch and place wooden blocks or whatever under the wheel so there is no gap.

4. I drop the car onto the axle stands, so putting breaking the hub loose.

So what are the potential problems with this:

1. There is too much slack in the suspension to load the hub sufficiently.

2. The car falls off the stands or damages the x-member with the sudden force.

Solution - I could jack up the car really high to allow a large block under the wheel. I would then lower the car slowly onto the stands and so bringing up the pressure on the hub gradually. Yes I like the more controlled approach.

What do you think?

Anyway Richard I'll wait for your pdfs before trying this.

Mike

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Mike,

PDF's sent, sorry for the delay, the day job got into the way.

Hope they help.

Regards,

Richard

Thanks Richard, will let you know how it goes.

Mike

From what I remember, removing a front wheel hub on almost any car requires a specialist "puller" tool.

Otherwise it's just about impossible usually.

Malc

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Thanks Malc,

Yes, looking more closely at the situation I'm inclined to agree. I think I'll give up my ideas "breaking" it off and give it to the garage who will have a selection of pullers as I can see that none of my pullers would work.

Thanks for the diagrams Richard, they too point towards needing a specialist puller.

Kind regards,

Mike

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just to finish this off, I took it to the garage who had an enormous slide hammer etc but in spite of them all having a go no one could remove the hub - 225,000 miles and eight years had taken their toll.

I bit the bullet and bought a new steering knuckle.

End of story except I now have shaky steering - but that will be a new thread.

Thanks for your help with this.

Regards,

Mike

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