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How to get the front Hubs off?


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#1 Kostamojen

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:26 PM

So I'm doing my front brakes right now on my '78, putting on new pads and new rotors. But, I'm not sure how to get the hub off. I dont have access to the "hub tool" shown in the service manuals. Any suggestions?

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 04:57 PM

You can use a ball joint tool. Funny you should post this. My '78 just ate yet another set of front bearings... I think I need a new hub. Like NOW!

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 06:07 PM

a good dead blow hammer also works pretty well. If its stuck more then anything in the world, a sledge hammer will work but you would probably mess up the threads on the end of the axle stub.

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 07:29 PM

Actually, I figured this out right after I posted, lol!

I just pulled hard and had someone hit the axle with a sledge :P Poped right off.


Now im trying to do the stupid caliper piston after cleaning everything up and putting on the new rotors... I have to get the piston in about 1/2 an inch :(

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Posted 16 September 2005 - 10:12 PM

I like to use a brass hammer - can get them for like $4 at harbor freight. They wear out eventually, but are good for smacking things harder than a dead blow will allow without hurting the threads. Thread the axle nut on backwards too to help keep the threads in good shape.

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 01:26 PM

for the caliper, try removing it from the car completly or remove the bleeder screw. It makes life so much easier then trying to compress the brake fluid inside.

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 04:31 PM

I used Subjunkies "modified socket" designed tool to compress the pistons, worked very well :) Rather hard to do, but it worked.

But now of course, I have zero brake pressure...

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Posted 17 September 2005 - 10:53 PM

Glad that worked for you. For people who might not have a brake piston tool... here's a DIY version:

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Steve I might need to borrow the tool you made. I think im going to have to do brakes on my RX tomorrow.

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 01:11 AM

Steve I might need to borrow the tool you made. I think im going to have to do brakes on my RX tomorrow.

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Thats fine. You can borrow any tools you need. I have to bleed mine tommorow, I didnt have anyone around to help today but ya everything is in place minus the bleeding.

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Posted 18 September 2005 - 07:59 PM

Well now I have a VERY serious issue with the brakes...

http://www.ultimates...ead.php?t=43316




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