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Help getting front spindles off!!

Okay, I'm just about done disassembling my front D44 but can't get the spindles off. All the bolts and nuts are taken off, and now it's just a matter or prying them off. The book says to spray them down good(which I did) and use a pry bar or large screwdriver the get them off. Well, there's no room to fit one of those in the pry them off. They're mounted flush all the way around. What should I do? All the other parts I had problems with getting stuck I would just hammer a bit. The spindle is kind of important and shouldn't be hammered Any ideas? Anyone have a similar problem and a good solution? Thanks!

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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

get a piece of wood.. put wood on spindle.. towards the end.. and hit it with a hammer.. the wood.. not the spindle... and go around in a circluar pattern.. the spindle should loosen up like that.. then get you a screw driver behind it.. and pry.. wiggle.. beat that sucker off... you can actually hit the spindle with a hammer..(you just dont want to hit the spindle on the threads..or where the bearing sits).. but the wood will not damage it..

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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

yep, JeepGod has it,
for those of us too cheap to own a plastic faced mallet, or a dead bow ( soft) hammer.

I keep a 24 inch length of treated 4x4 post around for a good non surface scoring energy transfer, if you know what I mean.


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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

I usually just put the nut on over the threads and then hit the nut, going in a circular motion around the spindle...until it comes off. And then never-seize the hell out of it when you put it back together.

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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

Mine were stuck big time too. I did like FarmJeep and put the nut on the end and beat it untill it came off. I put a little grease on mine to help next time.


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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

Here's what worked for me. Put on 3-4 nuts at the end of the spindle, to help distribute the load for what your gonna do next over as much thread area as possible.
Next, get a big gear puller, and put the point of it into the drilled center of the axle shaft, with the pulling fingers around the spindle nuts.
Now I suppose it *might* be possible to drive the axle into the carrier if you really smoke the gear puller down tight at first, so be careful and takeit slow!
I put moderate pressure on mine, and then tapped on the knuckle with a hammer. As soon as a space appears between the spindle and the knuckle, flood it with penetrating lube. Keep tightening the gear puller and tapping around the knuckle and you'll be suprised how easily it comes apart.
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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

Whack it with a polyurethane or hard rubber mallet.

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Re: Help getting front spindles off!!

cant you use a puller tool?

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