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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hub Stuck in Knuckle

2009 ss
Noisy Bearing
hub stuck in Knuckle
Brake caliper rotor off
three hub bolts out
axle nut off loose.

?? any tips/tricks ??
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-13-2016, 04:25 AM
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Take a chisel and hammer it over and over between the bearing and the spindle. It will come but may take a while. Or you could get a slide hammer and fasten it to the studs and bash it out that way. I always use a hammer and chisel.

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Another method is to re-bolt the wheel on and wiggle the wheel up and down side to side that usually breaks it free so you can put the ball peen to it. Don't be afraid to damage the old bearing it's toast anyway. Don't forget to clean off as much of the corrosion you can and apply anti-seize for next time.

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Nice little 5 pound hammer does the trick for me every time, and I have a nice wire wheel on one of my grinders that gets it cleaned up in no time
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The last time I did one I used both the wire wheel and some emery cloth, then I smeared it with anti-seize.

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I always forget the anti-seize haha, then again the only thing I have to change them on very often is my durango, that thing loves eating wheel bearings because the front suspension is horribly designed
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I never use antiseize. I just smear some grease on there and put the bearing on. Always come right back off

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I just put them on dry haha, even the most stuck hub has never put up too much of a fight with a big hammer, always come out victorious after a few swings
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I had this issue on my cobalt as well. I ended up taking the knuckles off the car. I know a guy with a shop and pneumatic tools. I spent about 3 hours with a big f'in hammer beating on the bearing. I also tried putting the tire back on and beating on that. Used a borrowed slide hammer. Nothing worked. He used that air hammer and got both bearings off in a minute each. If you have access to someone with air tools, I would recommend trying that. Same trick I ended up using for a corroded intermediate steering shaft. Must have beat on that for an hour before I went out and purchased an air hammer for my compressor. I had the steering shaft off the steering rack after about two minutes. Magic.

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