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Guest Message by DevFuse

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Need Advice, Knuckle onto Axle?

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#1 carfreak85


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Posted 13 November 2005 - 07:52 PM

I finally got all the new bearings greased up along with the seals for the front wheel bearings. They are pressed into the knuckle, but now I can't get the knuckle back on the axle. I don't have the special tool that the FSM suggests using. I need this car to drive back to school tonight, so if anyone has a trick or suggestion, please lay it on me!

#2 hooziewhatsit


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Posted 13 November 2005 - 08:39 PM

usually the axle will go far enough through the knuckle to get the axle nut on. After that, I place a big crescent wrench right by the seal on the knuckle to pry off of. This protects the seal. Then I use a claw hammer prying on the wrench to pull the axle through, occasionally screwing in the axle nut, etc, to get more leverage.

good luck (had to type quick, dinners ready :) )

#3 ShawnW


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Posted 13 November 2005 - 10:17 PM

Make sure the spacer is lined up and then push from the inboard side by hand. It may help to have a friend take a 6" socket extension and hold it inside the bearings as you push the axle thru to keep the spacer lined up and everything from binding.

#4 NoahDL88


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Posted 13 November 2005 - 10:40 PM

I've used the old axle, put both threaded sections on the same castle nut, and used the old axle as a slide hammer to pull the new one through.

#5 MilesFox


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Posted 14 November 2005 - 12:34 AM

you can put the doj end on and feed through the spindle end as far as it will go. then you can tap on the knucke with a rubber mallet or hammer to get it throught enough for the axle nut

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