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Old 05-30-2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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I've been trying for the last 5 hours to get the wheel assembly off so I can replace the cv axle and am stumped. I can't get past removing the rotor or separating the ball joint to remove the stupid axle. So far I've removed the axle nut, the brake calipers, the 3 rear bolts that hold the bearing to the wheel...Hell...I can't even remove the stupid rotor!!! I can't seem to get it to break free of the shaft. Is there a trick to removing it? Is there a tool I can use to separate the ball joint without tearing up the ball joint boot? If I could either remove the rotor and bearing or separate the ball joint from the lower control arm I would be ok. Am I missing something? I'm fairly competent with cars but feel like the stupidest moron right about now...Any help or advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
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Sounds like you will need some penetrating oil. Spray that around where the rotor meets the hub. Then wait a while and hit the rotor with a rubber hammer. I've had to really beat on a few to got them loose. Also spray the parts you need to separate. That should help.
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Simply incredible...6 hours to take off a rotor...I borrowed a rubber mallet from the neigbor and got the rotor off. Still haven't got the bearing off or the ball joint...I'm embarrased to even think about it.
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Good luck. Penetrating oil is your friend.
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I needed an impact wrench, liquid wrench, some hardened wrenches and a dead blow to do both my front wheel bearings.....no need to be embarrassed.....they are buggers!
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I just need to regroup and come back strong tommorow!!! LOL Thanks for the encouragement.
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I just need to regroup and come back strong tommorow!!! LOL Thanks for the encouragement.
Eat your Wheaties and then give it hell!
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Some times taking a breather is the best thing you can do. I've had more then a few frustrating projects.
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I did my front bearing a few months ago and it was a bear. I feel your pain.
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