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post #1 of 11 Old 10-17-2021, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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*#@! front wheel bearing hub bolts

Can someone tell me exactly what size the front hub bolts are? I did not realize they were torx type and tried to use a standard 18mm socket on them which stripped them. I then obtained what I thought was the correct torx type sockets but these are slipping too. Is it metric or SAE? What size?
Thanks for any info or suggestions.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-17-2021, 11:38 AM
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Can someone tell me exactly what size the front hub bolts are? I did not realize they were torx type and tried to use a standard 18mm socket on them which stripped them. I then obtained what I thought was the correct torx type sockets but these are slipping too. Is it metric or SAE? What size?

Thanks for any info or suggestions.
They're 13mm 12 point socket worked for me yesterday. If you leave ignition on and turn the steering wheel right it gives better acces to rear and top one, if you turn left it gives better access to front one.

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post #3 of 11 Old 10-17-2021, 11:55 AM
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If you live in the rust belt they may be too rotted and a 13mm 12pt will just spin. I had to pound an extractor from AutoZone. It broke on the last one. I was in a pinch otherwise I would have gotten snap on extractors. I heated up the threads and used vise grips to get the last one out. I would replace these is they are even slightly rusty
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-17-2021, 11:56 AM
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From my notes its a 12point 13mm socket. Dont think an 18mm socket could ruin it.
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^^Lansing... yes you know all about rusted bolts. I had the same thing happen to mine. I agree, buy a new set of bolts before starting the job. Tapping a socket onto the bolt head before trying to remove will sometimes keep it from stripping, I have had good luck with a fresh quality socket, don't use a worn cheap one.

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Thanks for the info guys...

I had to use a stripped head extractor socket and even this would spin. I finally took a acetylene torch and heated the tip of the bolt cherry red and this time it broke free. Bolts were rusty but not too terribly bad. It looks like the previous owner put blue Loctite on them and the heat softened that up.

Does anyone know the part number for new bolts? Can you get them from third party sources or is Mopar the only option?
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Does anyone know the part number for new bolts? Can you get them from third party sources or is Mopar the only option?
Part number is 05012436AB.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-18-2021, 08:28 AM
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I got my replacements off ebay, the part number AVR2 posted for less than $20 bucks for a set of 6.

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-18-2021, 06:36 PM
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The factory ones get slightly narrower in the central shank section. I'm guessing that's primarily to try and reduce the risk of them seizing inside the hub/knuckle? Otherwise, you could just use regular generic hex-heads of a suitable strength rating?
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i beleive it is a socket called an E internal star socket 18
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post #11 of 11 Old 10-20-2021, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help guys. Ordered some replacements.
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