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Unread 06-24-2002, 03:34 PM   #1
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front wheelbearing locknuts...please help

how do you get the front wheel bearing nuts off the front spindle on a 82 cj7? i think its a 2"1/16 deep well socket. but i cant find one of those anywhere. last time we had to use a chisel and hammer. please help. thanks.

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Unread 06-24-2002, 05:34 PM   #2
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Unread 06-24-2002, 11:00 PM   #3
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I have never had to use a socket on these before. Wipe away the greese and you should see where the tab behind the first washer is bent up on one section. I use a hammer and chisel or an old socket extension and flaten this out. Then a set of channel locks will turn the first nut. Most likely there will be a groove where a past mechanic has tapped it with the ol' hammer and chisel trick. You may need to do the same. When your putting it back together, it's OK not to fully tighten the inner nut as the outer one finishes putting the preload on the bearings.
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Unread 06-24-2002, 11:01 PM   #4
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I have never had to use a socket on these before. Wipe away the greese and you should see where the tab behind the first washer is bent up on one section. I use a hammer and chisel or an old socket extension and flaten this out. Then a set of channel locks will turn the first nut. Most likely there will be a groove where a past mechanic has tapped it with the ol' hammer and chisel trick. You may need to do the same. When your putting it back together, it's OK not to fully tighten the inner nut as the outer one finishes putting the preload on the bearings.
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Unread 06-24-2002, 11:32 PM   #5
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I just got done packing my bearings and had little luck with pliers/channel locks. The nut was chewed up from the pvs. owner. I used a screwdriver and hammer. Later I saw the appropriate tool available at 4WD Hardware for 10 bucks, but NAPA or other parts store will likely have them also.

Buy new nuts (for next time) and the wrench. Having the right tool can help with ease of subsequent jobs (which you know should be done periodically anyway). Plus, if you ever sell your Jeep, the buyer knows you took care of it which helps substantiate your asking price. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> There are always tools that go with a sold vehicle, and that's one of 'em.

As far as how hard to torque/hammer 'em, ya got me there.... My Chilton's manual doesn't have "finger tight" as a legitimate torque measurement.
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Unread 06-25-2002, 11:38 AM   #6
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When I tighten them, I keep tightening until I feel resistance while spinning the spindle then back off slightly. Then I take a rubber mallet and whack it a few times to make sure the bearings are seated. Then I retighten until I feel resistance and back off again slightly until the resistance is gone. Lock her down and bend the tab. Recheck. You don't want any resistance or you will burn up the bearing prematurely.
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