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Old 09-02-2010, 08:09 PM
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Default wheel bearing rusted tight in knuckle?? Try this!

A year ago, I bought this '97. It needed new wheel bearings asap. Of course, they were damn near 'welded' in place. I tried This trick:

1. Loosen all three bolts about 3 or 4 turns
2. get a helper who you trust.
3. I used an old wrist pin from a previous engine rebuild. grab onto it
with a vise grips for safety.
4. Place wrist pin against head of loosened bolt and have helper turn
steering wheel in direction that will cause wrist pin to come into
contact with yoke on axle.
5. only do this on lower 2 bolts. alternate back and forth using the
power steering as a hydraulic press. Apply pretty good pressure, and
maybe smack side of bearing or knuckle with a heavy hammer to get
a good jolt running through it.
6. Hang onto that vise grips firmly!!
7. clean up the rust and use anti seize on everything that has contact with hub
the pic shows where to place the wrist pin.... where my fingers are pointing

Last edited by rancherman; 09-02-2010 at 08:49 PM. Reason: added some stuff....
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