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Old 12-21-2019, 02:58 PM
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Front Hub Replacement Question

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Is there a way to remove the front hub without removing the strut?

I was able to remove 3 of the bolts with ease. But the bolt obstructed by the strut I can't reach with a standard open end wrench or mildly offset box end wrench. I would like to avoid removing the strut.

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Hello!

Is there a way to remove the front hub without removing the strut?

I was able to remove 3 of the bolts with ease. But the bolt obstructed by the strut I can't reach with a standard open end wrench or mildly offset box end wrench. I would like to avoid removing the strut.

Thanks!
Yes the front hub can be removed without removing the strut. You have to have a offset wrench to get the one bolt off. Work it off slowly, & it will finally work back to where it is easier to get the wrench on it. You could also probably loosen the bolts on the bottom of the strut, & tap it down. It has been several years since I have done this, but the one bolt is a pain to work off.
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Can you send me a picture of the type of wrench that will fit. I'd like to know the name brand and model if possible. I got a Proto offset box end wrench and the offset is too mild I think.
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Old 12-21-2019, 08:00 PM
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I can't remember for sure if I used an open end wrench, or used the offset wrenches below. I think I had to go get the ones below?

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-piec...set+wrench+set
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Old 12-23-2019, 10:05 PM
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I can't remember for sure if I used an open end wrench, or used the offset wrenches below. I think I had to go get the ones below?

https://www.harborfreight.com/8-piec...set+wrench+set
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Yep, that's the style I used when I did it too. I also put a steel tube ove the end of the spanner to lengthen it as a lever, it helped me to apply greater pressure but in a slower and more controlled rate, "Give me a place to stand on and I'll move the earth" and all that jazz .
You probably know anyway but the tightening torque is critical as is replacing the bolts, can't stress that enough on a part like this .
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Old 12-24-2019, 03:28 AM
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Thanks. I'm not sure I see how you guys got the wrench on the bolt back there. The spacing is super tight and when I tried to get there, it wouldn't fit. I tried turning the wheel in either direction.
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If you're really struggling then try the open end or if you need the leverage a good quality crows foot (don't use cheap with these things) with a ratchet wrench.
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Thanks for all the advice. Replaced the hub. Unfortunately my problem still persists. Get a steering wheel vibration without brakes at 65+ mph and when applying brakes, vibration in the steering steering wheel and seat all the way down to 30mph. Had front brakes and rotors changed in the last 500 miles, and also replaced both thrust arms. Had an alignment done when brakes were changed. Beginning to run out of ideas.
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Thanks for all the advice. Replaced the hub. Unfortunately my problem still persists. Get a steering wheel vibration without brakes at 65+ mph and when applying brakes, vibration in the steering steering wheel and seat all the way down to 30mph. Had front brakes and rotors changed in the last 500 miles, and also replaced both thrust arms. Had an alignment done when brakes were changed. Beginning to run out of ideas.

Might just be the tires? That or a steering component issue.


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Thanks for all the advice. Replaced the hub. Unfortunately my problem still persists. Get a steering wheel vibration without brakes at 65+ mph and when applying brakes, vibration in the steering steering wheel and seat all the way down to 30mph. Had front brakes and rotors changed in the last 500 miles, and also replaced both thrust arms. Had an alignment done when brakes were changed. Beginning to run out of ideas.
Did you replace the upper or lower thrust arms? The lower thrust arms will usually cause that vibration. What does your tire wear look like?
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Both were replaced. The tire where there is rotor wear, the tire is worn down much more. Not in any type of pattern, as in inner is not more worn than outer or vice versa, but in general just more worn, like it's dragging.
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Hah! This reminds of the travails of changing the number eight plug on a 75 Corvette. I had to go back to the store twice for tools. Carry on.

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Both were replaced. The tire where there is rotor wear, the tire is worn down much more. Not in any type of pattern, as in inner is not more worn than outer or vice versa, but in general just more worn, like it's dragging.
The belt in the tire might be damaged, causing the vibration, just a guess at this point. Road force balancing would find or fix the problem?
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