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Old 18 Jul 2013, 04:45 pm
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Default Spindle & hub assembly replacement (rear)

Looking for experienced words of wisdom or guidance (or encouragement).

I'm going to replace the rear, drivers side hub assembly & spindle on my '03 PT, due to a low speed/impact T-bone wreck. The wheel is out of alignment (toe-in & camber) and bearing is grinding so I intend to replace hub assembly (with bearing) & spindle. Also have two new shocks.

I know my way around a car and a tool box, so this isn't my cherry jump--so to speak.

Any advice is appreciated.

Like, can anyone tell me what size that spindle nut is?

Thnx!

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Old 18 Jul 2013, 09:28 pm
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Sorry, super- low (very reliable) items you're working on there
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I replaced mine due to a similar accident...
The rear spindles are fairly easy and straight forward to swap out. The nut is something like 27-30mm, similar in size to the front axle nut and torqued to about 150ft/lb. Do you have disc or drum rear brakes? I have rear disc brakes and the only thing that was a little finicky was readjusting the parking brake shoes.
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Thanks guys. rcktpwrd, I have drum brakes and I figure the work around will be the most difficult part of this endeavor. I think I'll hit it on Saturday afternoon. I'll post my successes and my tears.
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you might have to disconnect the hydraulic brake lines to allow for enough movement to clear the axle stub, then bleed the brakes after your done. Otherwise its just four bolts that hold the backing plate to the axle assembly and the spindle nut.
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DONE!

Definitely a straight forward job. Biggest heart-ache was due to weathered bolts and bolt threads holding the spindle. Add to that I didn't have my 1/2 drive set. A little patience, a little WD40 carefully applied, and a lot of sweat, but they finally came out.

To facilitate movement and add wiggle room I removed the brake shoes and disconnected the brake cable, plus I unhooked both cable and hydraulic lines from anchor points on axle and underbody.

3 hours work, tops. Now I need to run and borrow an torque wrench cause mine is at the house--and the damn ex has the house. Ok different forum topic...sorry.
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DONE!

Definitely a straight forward job. Biggest heart-ache was due to weathered bolts and bolt threads holding the spindle. Add to that I didn't have my 1/2 drive set. A little patience, a little WD40 carefully applied, and a lot of sweat, but they finally came out.

To facilitate movement and add wiggle room I removed the brake shoes and disconnected the brake cable, plus I unhooked both cable and hydraulic lines from anchor points on axle and underbody.

3 hours work, tops. Now I need to run and borrow an torque wrench cause mine is at the house--and the damn ex has the house. Ok different forum topic...sorry.
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