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Front, Passenger Side Knuckle / Spindle

Thread in 'Help Forum' started by Jim Bergherm, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. Jim Bergherm

    Jim Bergherm Member 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Hi.. I have a 2001 Sport Trac. The front, passenger side wheel bearing burned up and is stuck on the knuckle / spindle (not exactly sure what it is called). I can't get it off, and may have caused some damage in the attempt. So I am looking for either a place in the San Diego area that can pull it off for me, or someplace I can get a new (scrap yard is ok) spindle.

    Picture attached of the spindle with the remnants of the bearing that I cannot get off.

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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    How do you think you've damaged the stub? How have you tried to remove it from the stub?
     
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    Jim Bergherm Member 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Not sure if I did. A neighbor came to help and we tried to cut the bearing off with a grinder. Was careful to not cut anything else. Did not get all the way through the bearing, but close. Just noticed that the nut was not going on smoothly. Thought maybe I had done something to the threads. But don't see any obvious damage.
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Then maybe continue with the grinder, one cut probably will be enough to pull it off with a puller or slide hammer.

    If you damaged it replacing a CV axle isn't terribly expensive. Or particularly difficult. $80-125.00 per side maybe.
     
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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Heat JUST the bearing and it will pop off...
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Best reply in the thread.
     
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    Jim Bergherm Member 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Heat? Interesting... How do I apply heat? I don't have any kind of torch...
     
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    Jim Bergherm Member 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    That's what I was hoping...I don't have a puller. Trying to find one to borrow. Checked the Autozone tool loan program.. they have it online, but not at the local stores.
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Get one of these at Lowes or Home Depot, or buy on Amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/Standard-Pro...+blue+gas+canister+for&qid=1574784479&sr=8-10

    oh, and one of these...
    https://www.amazon.com/Worthington-...K2NMPYPEV9X&psc=1&refRID=TAZE0E4CGK2NMPYPEV9X

    It also comes in handy if you have a tight bolt. That's what I use anyway.

    If you use heat you might not have to use a puller. But I'd try something like one of these....

    https://www.amazon.com/Mofeez-inch-...ywords=Three+arm+puller&qid=1574784862&sr=8-5

    PS: Not recommending any of this stuff, I just used it as an example of the kind of tools you could use.

    PSS: Some auto parts stores offer tool rentals. e.g. Autozone, Advanced, O'Reilly.
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    ^ Ahhh, the trusty blue wrench. GREAT weed killer for concrete driveways and sidewalks too.
    Fed up with poisonous, stinky, and expensive weed killers that seem very short term for me.
    Just make sure you always have a bucket of water within reach. Also a very fast charcoal starter.

    Are MAPP gas cylinders still available?
     
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    Jim Bergherm Member 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Great! Thanks for all of your help!
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Yep.
     
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    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    a cigarette lighter could even work, a neighbor has to have a torch....
     

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