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Old 07-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #21 (permalink)
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It's now where the hub puller that I borrowed from Pep Boys comes in handy.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:19 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Just set the puller over the studs (3) and screw on the lug nuts. No need to crank down on the nuts, just have them set at equal depth so the puller is aligned straight.

The head on the puller didn't take a metric or SAE socket, it was always too big or small, which seems weird. I used one that was slightly too big and took it easy.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:30 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I didn't need to use much force at all, I just took it easy and the hub came right off. The over-sized socket seemed to ok. I've read some other stories of the bearing separating out of the hub, and I take it this would be because of rust and a large amount of force applied. I would think that if you see the hub coming out but the inside against the splines still looks the same there's a problem coming up.
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New and old. I only sensed a small amount of extra friction/noise in the old bearing so maybe most of my problems are coming from the other wheel. There doesn't seem to be a top and bottom to the design.
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New hub slid right on without any problems, I shot some WD-40 on the splines to ease the process. I wasn't sure what the torque specs are for the four 14mm bolts so I set the wrench to 45-50lbs which seemed to be a good amount of force on those bolts.
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Here is the new axle nut you'll have to get. You can attach it now, but you'll have to torque it down once the wheel is back on the ground.
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I did have the company of this miniature leopard during the installation. He's probably the reason why I haven't seen the squirrel for a while.
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1. Put the ABS sensor back in with the 10mm bolt.

2. Put the rotor back on.

3. Install the caliper with the two bolts holding the caliper bracket. I believe I set the torque wrench to 40-50lbs here also.
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Get the wheel back on and tighten down the lug nuts. Then comes the important part of torquing down the axle nut. I believe it's around 165lbs for this one, so I set the wrench to 150lbs (max) and took it there and then some. Be sure to pull the wrench towards yourself so you have the most control and won't slip and hurt yourself or scratch the car. The longer the wrench you have here the better, this one is borderline short.
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I then used a hammer and punch to make the indentation in the new axle nut.
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