Wheel Hub Assembly Removal Tip

Dale Mottram

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Disclaimer — not a mechanic, and I use a lot of unorthodox (some might say unsafe) techniques when wrenching

All — replaced my front CV’s, wheel hub assemblies, diff seals, front diff / transfer case fluids and u-joints on the front driveshaft. super fun day to say the least. Biggest PIA was removing the wheel hub assemblies from the knuckle because I didn’t plan ahead to rent a slide hammer and was already too deep in the job to go get one.

I live in New Hampshire and we like to cover every inch of our roads with buckets of salt for what seems like 9 months out of the year. rust has plagued every effin bolt I’ve had to break on my X. wheel hub assemblies were no different. rusted and stuck inside the knuckle.

After a few beers and failed attempts trying to remove the assembly, I pulled out my CanAm and wrapped the winch cable around the wheel hub. pulled in the slack until it was super tight (be careful not to pull your truck off the jacks) and then I smashed the wheel hub a couple times with a BFH. hub assembly literally came flying out (seriously, don’t stand in front of it).

I had some concerns of racking the hub assembly in the knuckle given the winch cable will pull from one side of the hub and not the center like a slide hammer will. so I focused the BFH on the side opposite of the winch cable.

OR — you could just rent a free slide hammer and do this safely. arguably less fun.

FishCannon

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Rayraytonto

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Awoljack

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Disclaimer — not a mechanic, and I use a lot of unorthodox (some might say unsafe) techniques when wrenching

All — replaced my front CV’s, wheel hub assemblies, diff seals, front diff / transfer case fluids and u-joints on the front driveshaft. super fun day to say the least. Biggest PIA was removing the wheel hub assemblies from the knuckle because I didn’t plan ahead to rent a slide hammer and was already too deep in the job to go get one.

I live in New Hampshire and we like to cover every inch of our roads with buckets of salt for what seems like 9 months out of the year. rust has plagued every effin bolt I’ve had to break on my X. wheel hub assemblies were no different. rusted and stuck inside the knuckle.

After a few beers and failed attempts trying to remove the assembly, I pulled out my CanAm and wrapped the winch cable around the wheel hub. pulled in the slack until it was super tight (be careful not to pull your truck off the jacks) and then I smashed the wheel hub a couple times with a BFH. hub assembly literally came flying out (seriously, don’t stand in front of it).

I had some concerns of racking the hub assembly in the knuckle given the winch cable will pull from one side of the hub and not the center like a slide hammer will. so I focused the BFH on the side opposite of the winch cable.

OR — you could just rent a free slide hammer and do this safely. arguably less fun.

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