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outer Wheel bearing stuck on spindle- can't get the rotor off.
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So my kind of luck... 

Last night after i got the drivers side all apart, i tried to take the passenger side off, got the caliper off, but i couldn't get the outer bearing out.

Figured i'd wait till today so i could tap on the spindle and the rotor hub and it would fall out.... Yeah, that didn't work.

I spent a lot of time on it tonight and its stuck good. I hit the nose of the spindle with a BFH a bunch, hit around the rotor hub... yanked and pulled. No luck.

The rotor and the bearing itself spin fine, it just won't come out.

I finally decided to try putting the wheel back on, lowered the car so its weight was on that wheel and turned it lock to lock hoping the extra weight would pry it off... no luck. 

 

I'm stumped, never run into this before. How do i go about getting this out of there. Or should i just put the nut back on and just run it?

 



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Odd for the race to be stuck on the spindle. Maybe clean it out the best you can and try some heat with a map gass torch.

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Try installing a bare wheel and leave the lug nuts loose and pull on the wheel hard banging against the lug nuts, kinda like a slide hammer.

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66SSFan wrote:

Odd for the race to be stuck on the spindle. Maybe clean it out the best you can and try some heat with a map gass torch.


 I don't have map gas. just a little propane torch. I will give that a shot tomorrow night when the wife is out... i'm guessing burning grease is gonna be stinky.

 

 

 

 



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66SSFan wrote:

Try installing a bare wheel and leave the lug nuts loose and pull on the wheel hard banging against the lug nuts, kinda like a slide hammer.


 Thats a good idea... i'll give that a shot now. The wheel is still on, but i had the lugs tight.

 



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Ben wrote:
66SSFan wrote:

Try installing a bare wheel and leave the lug nuts loose and pull on the wheel hard banging against the lug nuts, kinda like a slide hammer.


 Thats a good idea... i'll give that a shot now. The wheel is still on, but i had the lugs tight.

 


 No luck.. I tried a few times, but not enough stud length to get a good slide motion going. Plus the threads were chewing up the aluminum in the lugnut seats.

will try heat tomorrow.

 



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- Mike -
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Trying to picture it in my head. If the end of the spindle sticks out past the rotor hub, maybe make a piece of angle iron or box tube in a "T" to go over the wheel studs but sit against the end of the spindle and tighten down the lugs to press it off?
Seriously I think the heat will do it, but will make a stinky mess. Nice thing about a propane torch is that you really can't over heat it. Just consentrate the heat on the bearing race.

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I like the idea of installing the wheel tight, jack it up and smack inside of tire with a small sledge.  I also agree heat should help just will be stinky. 



-- Edited by Brettd85 on Thursday 3rd of August 2017 10:20:49 PM

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I wonder if one of these will fit over the hub? These work great for pushing CV axles thru the hub, maybe it will work to pull the rotor off.

I have one but the threaded shaft is buggered and won't move. Oreilly's loans toos with a deposit...

Hub puller.JPG



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They have a slide hammer that is made just for that problem.
It's called an axle puller.
I have one but Mill Creek is a way's away.
You can get one from AutoZone under the Loan a tool program.


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Might end up needing a new spindle. You will want to cleanup and mike the bearing surface. Then compare to the specs for the bearing. You can probably find the specs on like the SKF website.

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Eric has a axle puller w/ slide handle. If it iwll fit over the spindle nose & hub, then i'll give that a shot tonight.
I may stop at oreillys on the way home and rent trhe hub puller jason showed a picture of... And i'll also try heating it up.





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axle puller wouldn't fit over the spindle nose. I didn't get a chance to stop at oreillys today for the hub puller. I'll go get one in the morning and give it a shot.



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Rented a hub puller, but it's too small to fit over the hub snout on the rotor...

Heated it up with my propane torch, no luck.

Pried on it with a crow bar, no luck

Attached erics axle puller/slide hammer and beat on it... No luck.

So kinda out of options. Next step is to remove the spindle... Then I guess I can beat on it with a Sledge hammer until it comes free. Probably need a new spindle after all this abuse. Ugh.


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If you have a spare wheel or one you don't care about, you can sometimes put it on first and then the puller over that. Kind of works as a spacer to get the clearance needed to press on the spindle. Snug it tight and whack it with a big hammer a few times (For the oreill one shown)

but it still could not have the depth needed regardless and this is all irrelevant. 



-- Edited by Bskredsvig on Saturday 5th of August 2017 07:15:34 PM

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Trying to remember how much room there is without going back out into the garage.....rent a Porta-Power with this duck bill looking attachment that expands?  I remember my Dad had one, that thing saved the day quite a bit on machinery.  Thinking you could put it between the spindle and hub and force them apart.  Unless you can find a cheap and good replacement spindle.



-- Edited by cobaltchev67 on Saturday 5th of August 2017 09:51:25 PM

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Post some pic's so we can see what your dealing with please.

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sacrifice the rotor with sawzall/torch whatever. in an effort to save the spindle.hammer and chisel/punch to destroy the outer bearing? a large 3 jaw puller big enough to fit over the rotor?

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Spindles are relatively cheap. Remove at ball joints and be done with it.

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Yes, I'm already planning on removing the spindle next.
Once it's off the car I can suspend the rotor itself and whack the nose of the spindle until it comes out.

Summit has new spindle pairs for $115. At this point o just want to save the dust shield and caller bracket.




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