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Old 09-19-2010, 02:53 PM
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So my pass side front wheel bearing died and I am trying to replace the hub assembly. This puppy is stuck in there. I have tried a slide hammer now for 35 min and she is not budging. Please tell me I don't need to remove the whole knuckle and take it in to get removed? I just replaced lower Ball Joints and tie rod ends.
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:14 PM
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Yeah if i remember correctly there are three 15 or 18mm bolts that hold it in. they are on the back side of the knuckle. Once you take out the bolts the hub will slide out. If you have the right tool you should be able to take the hub off without removing anything except the cv axle if its 4 wheel drive. I usually take it off but if you dont want to, i usually but not all the time can get a socket with a ratchet in there. I'll see if i can get some pics for you.

What model is your truck? Is it a 4x4?
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Old 09-19-2010, 07:20 PM
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I think this was a Fabtech knuckle for a 4x4 but its basically the same if you have a 2wd

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Old 09-19-2010, 10:48 PM
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Its a 02 4X4. I had the knuckle off as I had to replace the lower ball joint and also the tie rod end. I took the 3 bolts out and this damn thing is not budging at all. I have sprayed sea foam on it like 4 or 5 times including the back side trying to penetrate it. Think if I used my propane torch I could heat it up a little and then see if the slide hammer will pull it out? I don't see how a press puller is going to draw it out either.
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i just did my left front hub... the speed sensor went.. i had a hoist to do it on so it did make it easier.. it was very hard to remove all corroded and seized in.. take a small chisel hold it with vise grips and hit it with a hammer to get it in between the hub and the knuckle once its in use a larger chisel to separate it more then take a BFH and hit the hub till it pops.. clean the knuckle service and the inside where the bearing sits with a file and re assemble.
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i just did my left front hub... the speed sensor went.. i had a hoist to do it on so it did make it easier.. it was very hard to remove all corroded and seized in.. take a small chisel hold it with vise grips and hit it with a hammer to get it in between the hub and the knuckle once its in use a larger chisel to separate it more then take a BFH and hit the hub till it pops.. clean the knuckle service and the inside where the bearing sits with a file and re assemble.
Thanks for the reply that is what I am going to do tomorrow. Just as a fyi if you have not looked check your left front brake hose from the caliper to the hard line. Mine was corroded and almost fell apart when I started taking things apart. All I have left now is the new hub and then I have almost a whole new front end suspension parts LOL.
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Im glad I didnt have these issues when I pulled my hubs or rotors off.....

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Old 09-20-2010, 12:43 PM
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A trick I learned from the diesel forum is to loosen the bolts and back them out about a turn or two. Then put any combination of socket and extension on one bolt at a time and start the engine and turn the steering wheel until the socket / extension comes in contact with something solid. This will push the hub assembly from the back.

I used this on my 2500 4x4. It eventually broke loose.
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what i have had to do is use air hammers and chisels, etc.
what i found to work best is loosen the bolts about 1/2" then while its still in the air put the wheel back on and kick it back and forth on each side for more leverage.
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Old 09-20-2010, 08:59 PM
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Well I have banged on it with a chisel and 4 lb sledge hammer and it is a slooowww process. I think my propane torch is coming out tomorrow evening to get the damn thing off. I guess from all of the snow this winter and salt that came with it the thing is welded to the knuckle. Funny thing is that the drivers side is no where near as bad. I just don't want to have to pull the knuckle back off but it might just come to that.
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