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Unread 10-22-2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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Rusty front spindles

How cheap can Chrysler be??? So cheap that they don't even install a dust cap on the ends of the front spindles. So, during my attempt to install new rotors and pads, I first had to drill out the completely rusted in cotter pin, then chisel off the cheap metal retainer cap so I can get to the actual spindle nut. Then I had to wire brush the spindle nut so I could get my 1 1/4 socket completely onto the net. What a PAIN.

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Unread 10-22-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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There as cheap and GM,Ford,toyota,honda,kia,nissian,bmw,audi,vw,volvo ,and every company that makes vehicles as they all use the same setup.

You failed to keep your vehicle properly clean,a little surface rust is fine and can not be avoided but heavy corrosion can be avoided,simple as soap and water every 1-2 weeks regardless of the weather.
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Unread 10-22-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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Yeah plus...it's a "dust" cap. Not a "rust" cap.

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Unread 10-22-2011, 10:16 PM   #4
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Yeah plus...it's a "dust" cap. Not a "rust" cap.

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Yep and since your front bearings are sealed no need for it anyways.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 11:55 AM   #5
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How cheap can Chrysler be??? So cheap that they don't even install a dust cap on the ends of the front spindles. So, during my attempt to install new rotors and pads, I first had to drill out the completely rusted in cotter pin, then chisel off the cheap metal retainer cap so I can get to the actual spindle nut. Then I had to wire brush the spindle nut so I could get my 1 1/4 socket completely onto the net. What a PAIN.
Maybe I missed something but there is no need to remove all of that just to do rotors and pads.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 05:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the replys. It's been a very long time since I attempted to do my own brakes.
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Unread 10-23-2011, 05:59 PM   #7
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Maybe I missed something but there is no need to remove all of that just to do rotors and pads.
I was just thinking the same thing.
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Unread 10-24-2011, 06:27 PM   #8
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When I did my brakes (front and rear) I found them to be the easiest to work on by far.
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