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Old 03-30-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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I am needing to know some ideas to get the driver side wheel hub loose from the spindle, it has rusted itself to it. I have already remover the three bolts that hold it in and moved the axle back along with removing the ABS sensor so I don't accidentally break it. So I have tried a lot of PB Blaster and a claw hammer and no no luck but I'm going tomorrow to pick up a 4 pound sledge hammer or or I need a more gentle touch instead of just whacking it really really hard with a big FUC**** hammer. I have no problems with hitting something with a big hammer but I am wanting some ideas on what a good approach might be so I don't cause me anymore headache then what I already have with them stuck together after of 16 years of rust buildup and corrosion. So what are some idea to help me get this battle won. Thanks.
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Estwing 3 lbs. Drilling Hammer-B3-3LB at The Home Depot

this is the hammer i got for working on cars, the metal handle and end are one piece so it wont ever break. it smaller so you can get it wheel wells. and the handle cushion is really nice
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That is a nice drilling hammer but my ride fell threw and know I half to walk to get where I need to go. I am also going to pick up some more penetrating oil to help aid me I hope. I wish they made a tool that would attach itself to the hub so one good blow on that tool the hub would pop off.
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Heat it up and use paraffin wax
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I walked up to my local parts store and bought some penetrating spray and a 3 pound sledge hammer and about 10 whacks later it came off. I like using bigger hammers to make thing go my way. My rule of thumb has always been there is always the right tool for the job at hand but if the tool don't work then get a hammer and if the smaller hammer doesn't cut it the keep going up hammer size till you find the right one to do the job. A three pound sledge sure did the job I needed to do.
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I walked up to my local parts store and bought some penetrating spray and a 3 pound sledge hammer and about 10 whacks later it came off. I like using bigger hammers to make thing go my way. My rule of thumb has always been there is always the right tool for the job at hand but if the tool don't work then get a hammer and if the smaller hammer doesn't cut it the keep going up hammer size till you find the right one to do the job. A three pound sledge sure did the job I needed to do.
Nice job getting it off, I was going to suggest a 5lb sledge hammer, or a slide hammer, I had to use my 5lb sledge, and beat it till I broke a sweat, finally it gave..
Be sure to use some anti-seize lubricant on the axle splines, after giving them a little going over with a wire brush.

Posting a link to a slide hammer kit in case anybody sees the thread, and wants to get one.
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Yep it came off really easy after I got the sledge hammer. But now I have another problem that need to be dealt with now and that is a really bad antifreeze leak when I turn on my heat so I am guessing that means I have a bad heater hose because it stopped leaking antifreeze after I turned off my heat.
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Yep it came off really easy after I got the sledge hammer. But now I have another problem that need to be dealt with now and that is a really bad antifreeze leak when I turn on my heat so I am guessing that means I have a bad heater hose because it stopped leaking antifreeze after I turned off my heat.
If the leak is not getting in the front floorboard of the car, then it is probably a hose going to the heater core as you said, you are going to have to get it up to operating temperature, turn the heat on, and watch for leaks, hope you are able to find the leak without too much trouble.
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Well the leak is very prominent because you can see the leak and it will leave a trail of antifreeze where ever you go when the heat is on.
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Is the leak inside the vehicle or outside? If inside, you probably need a new heater core. If outside, check the heater inlet and outlet hoses.
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