10 bolt front hubs/wheel bearings
OK, how tight are you supposed to put the nut on? We're talking about old bearings/races.
My book said to torque it to 50lbs (probably to set the bearings in their races), loosen, and then retorque to 35lbs. It then said in order to get the washer to line up to loosen it no more than 3/8 of a turn. Well, I loosened to about 3/16 and 1/4 of a turn to get the pin to go in the washer. I then torqued the jam nut on to 110lbs even though the manual said 150lbs or something astronomical like that. I figured I'd put it pretty tight since I took both my jam nuts off with a 4" screwdriver.
Anyway, my hubs got hot on the way to yooperville. About half way through the 250 mile trip they were still warm but not hot. They never got really hot, they just got hot enough where after 10 seconds or so they were uncomfortable to hang on to. The grease on the outside of the hubs never turned to liquid though.
To be honest I'm not sure if the hubs got hot because of too tight of bearings or because of lightly rubbing brakes. I put new pads and rotors on and the piston side of the caliper was a bit tight (just a little more drag than I like) but seemed alright.
Anyway, I plan on buying a new hub socket (I forgot mine) and tearing the hubs back apart this weekend to see if i toasted a bearing or race. Should I expect damage? If so, how hard are the races to get out with a hammer? I usually use a press to do bearings..
I'm hoping you guys have some suggestions. I'm beginning to think we should have done it like a car rather than listening to what the manual said.