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Old 01-14-2014, 07:05 PM
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Default Insane stuck hub! Tips please! Humidity...

Hi all, just had my brakes all replaced. I have a barn in KS that is not insulated and is a sweat factory and humidity really jacks with stuff the front brakes were locking.

This is a 2005 Daytona btw. Now I have a wheel bearing out. All 3 bolts are out, I have beat on this thing till blue in the face and heated it. I even made a hub buster like the one on youtube with no luck.

I don't have a puller, mechanic up the street has my wifes rumblebee in the shop rebuilding the rear end I am trying to replace the hub myself because im poor lol. He claims it will beat right off. Not so. I think it is extra stuck because of the humidity.

At any rate today was the 2nd day I decided to add heat for the first time and I removed the abs and noticed I have a small hole into the bearing assembly now. So I had my wife--who works at carquest--bring home some pb blaster and I am going to go fill it up and let it sit overnight.

I assume this questions come up 10k times I did a search and didn't run into anything right off and just thought I would though this out hoping for any advice. I whaled on that thing with a sludge after hearing it and nothing.

As for the rumblebee it was a repo and im pretty sure the guy tried tearing it up before it was taken away. Runs like a top though.

For reference the axle pushed back ok---for whatever reason I couldn't remove it so it's still on the plunger up top just wouldn't push back far enough for whatever reason, all 3 bolts are out and yes the 35mm nut is off.

Thank you even it's good luck!
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:56 PM
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Take a 3/8 or heavier bolt, thread a nut onto it, and then cut the bolt so that it just fits between the hub flange and the knuckle. Stack some greased washers over the thread and turn the nut out until it forces the hub out of the knuckle. Smack it with a BFH from time to time.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:24 PM
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Default Ok..what's a knuckle lol

You guessed it i'm not a great mechanic. I understand the premise and greasing the washers is a cool idea.

So I guess it won't just spin out of place?

Not real sure on what the knuckle is I assume any point the bolt will come into contact might work?

I will add this to my list of 'to try' tomorrow am.

Before anyone comments on the daytona and rumblebee and my 'poor' reference I bought these trucks when work was doing good. My next vehicle will probably be a bicycle at this rate lol.

Edited: After reading your thread a couple more times I am getting a clearer picture of what you're talking about. I just picture the bolt spinning out of place but maybe not obviously you've done this before. Thanks!

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Old 01-17-2014, 07:25 PM
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Nothings working, most likely this truck is headed to the shop monday. I can't hit any harder and using a 12lb sledge. It will NOT budge. Tried everything I could find on the subject including backing out the 3 bolts but leaving them in and going in a triangular motion beating on them. Nothing. Humidity has obviously fused them together ill be surprised if it isn't extracted in pieces.
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Old 01-19-2014, 01:09 PM
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I had success using an impact socket with an extension to the frame of the truck and jiggling the powersteering to break mine loose. I had 4 bolts and this was the only solution I could find. I might be mistaken, but I am 99% confident snap on makes a tool designed just for that, you dont have to mess around with different extension lengths and stiff. Best of luck. Once they are off I would reccomend Timken units. Best of luck
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put the bolts back in it but do not run them all the way leave about 1/4 or so from being all the way up tight and take a socket that fits the bolt and a extension and place it against the frame and have your wife to start truck and steering it for you . they will press out in other words use the steering like a press . that is the how I get them off of the 2500 dodge hope this helps you
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mine came out like they were new, but i had the same problem with my wife's explorer. I ended up using an angle grinder to cut the bearing in half, then used a sawzall to cut the bearing off of the knuckle. It was a pain but it got the job done. If you try it this way just be careful not to take any material off of the knuckle or your new bearing won't seat all the way.
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Ironically i just did mine yesterday... was a pain at first, then soaked it in penetrating oil, let it sit for a while then with a big ass sledge started beating it from the back side. 4-5 whacks then turn the wheel and do the other side. after about 15-20 of hammering it came out. Mine was a 2500 front axle.
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use a air hammer ....
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