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Old 11-15-2020, 12:29 AM
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It wasn't moving with 4# sledge the slow force worked great. I have a palm nailer that has similar force to air hammer I may try that next time
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Old 11-15-2020, 01:14 AM
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First time I removed a knuckle from the hub carrier it took me an hour and a lot choice words. Got myself an air hammer and the second took all of five minutes. Soaking it 24hrs prior to removal also helps.

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Old 11-15-2020, 01:26 AM
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DIY bushing

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What are you using for the bushing? I've seen good things with windshield adhesive.

Great job spent the right time to prep and broke nothing.

I just changed a front bearing and two things didnt want to play nice:

The Brake caliper bolts were seized to the point my high impact M18 wasn't knocking them loose. I didn't want to split my 16mm socket or snap off the bolt heads and if I can I don't use penetrating oil near brake parts. I ended up getting them loose with old timer impact: breaker bar and 4# hammer. Took 3-4 solid whacks but both finally broke free.

Then, for the first time in 9 or 10 times removing axle from hub it just refused to move. 5# slide hammer did nothing 4# mini sledge nothing. Finally used the spider from the hub removal tool, loosened up the lugs, snugged up the center rod on the spider and drove the lugs back in to pull the spider to the hub. That will generate more force than the 5/8 push rod is capable of so thankfully it took less force.

Just as you noted; windshield adhesive. To avoid using gallons of the stuff, I filled most of the gaps with slices of old tire sidewall cut to fit and hammered into place.

I have many years of building race cars on a poverty budget, so have learned a few tricks along the way. I also know the many, if not most of parts on a car do not need an engineering degree to improve.

I have the fortune that I have another car to daily. If this was my only car, I would have solved the problem earlier with gas, matches, and a new car in the driveway....

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Old 11-15-2020, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by alberniken View Post
I would have solved the problem earlier with gas, matches, and a new car in the driveway....
I've had the same plan but I will also be standing next to a burning BMW yelling "The Monet is in there...."

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Old 11-16-2020, 12:03 PM
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At that corroded stripping point, I generally just drill it out. Small bit, then increasingly larger until the bolt threads collapse inward.
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