I replaced the front pads and rotors on my 87 the other day. Putting the wheels back on, I noticed that on the right (passenger) side, the axle portion (not the knuckle) of the assembly had a lot of play, whereas the driver's side does not. When I say play, I mean I can move the rotor assembly back and forth, and see the U-joint moving with it. My thoughts are that this is the "short axle" side and it's normal, but I wanted to be sure by asking the experts here. My experience is limited when it comes to 4-wheel drive drivetrains.
Edit: I shouldn't say "back and forth". I should have said "up and down" and "left and right".
Last edited by hdfxrs91; 02-28-2010 at 09:20 PM..
So I bought a new unit bearing (Advance Auto, $70), and nearly split a kidney trying to get that nut off. Haynes manual says 175 ft-lbs. Luckily I have friend that works at a garage, and he'll get that off for me. What do you guys do to get it back on, though? Put the wheel on the ground and torque it from there? Or jam prybar in the studs and let it hit against the ground?
Got it done today. Really is not that bad of a job. Of course the unit refused to budge, but a gear puller and a few light taps with a 3lb sledge work wonders. It seemed to be stuck more on the knuckle than on the splined shaft. Well, onto the next job... replacing the slave cylinder.