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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-23-2003, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Might have created a problem

Let me say sorry in advance for this long post, but I need help.
I needed to pull the front rotors to get them turned, and replace the pads. So I took off the locking hubs, calipers, and hubs. I decided to service the wheel bearings while I was at it.
Since I was there, I decided to puton the new steering arm. I pulled the backing plate off the drivers side to get easier access.
In the process I pulled the axle shaft out of the diff about 4". This is where I need the help. It didn't go right back in, I had to turn it a couple of times. When I turn it, I can hear the gears turning inside the diff. Did I jack it up, or will it be okay?
Oh yah, the locking cones will still not come out of the old steering arm, so I can't get that off either.
Any help would be appreciated.

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Oh yah, its a 10-bolt, 89 Suburban
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Uh, so your saying when you turn the front axle shaft you can hear the diff turning in the housing? Well since there connected I would take that as a good sign...

As for the cone washers your better off just getting new ones.

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well spray the [bleep] out of those cones with PB blaster or something equivilant, and smack that arm around like no bodys buisness, and heres alittle hint, keep the nuts on the ends of the studs to prevent damageing the threads on the studs, it took me about 3 hours to get my old steering arm off. [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Okay, I just wasn't too sure. I've never pulled the axle shafts out before.
I guess while I'm there I'll replace the u-joints.

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I only beat on it for 30 minutes. Sounds like I've got more work to do. Those old cones won't even come out yet.

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Cover the studs with PB'laster. There is a "sweet" spot on it or so people say. I've found that hitting around the casting numbers is one of the better spots. I've never managed to get one off without the help of an acetylene torch though. A propane one doesn't provide enough heat fast enough so everything expands at the same rate.
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Thanks again.

I finally got everything under control, with the exception of the steering arm. I'm going to have to wait til I get access to a torch, because I beat it all day to no avail.
Repacked the bearings, replaced the seals, u-joints, rotors turned, new pads, blah, blah, blah......
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I use a 10 lb sledge hammer with a 12 inch handle ....I've gotten em off in as little as 10 minutes and the worst one took 5 hours one day and another 1 hour the next (I'm thinking that after the first couple of hours Iwasn't hitting quite full force ... lol).... carefull with the torch unless you plan on replacing ball joints and don't put too much heat on the knuckle or it can become brittle
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