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Old 01-16-2009, 01:49 PM
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pb blaster is well known for its penetrating qualities, and my guess is you may be able to get by with a propane torch. It's worth a try if that's what you already have. I was able to use just a propane torch to heat up my ring gear enough to slide it onto my differential carrier, so that might be enough to get the bearings off.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:42 PM
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Default Swing-Away finally fixed!!!

OK...just an update to my original thread.

I was able to get the bearings off the spindle by hitting the spindle with this FREEZE SPRAY from loctite.

Then, the end of the spindle was "mushroomed" so badly that the threads were actually narrowed and the nut wouldn't even come close to going back on. So, I borrowed a thread file from work, ground the mushroomed section down a little to reduce the diameter, then went to work on the threads. After about an hour of filing, the nut could barely be forced on with lubricating oil. So, I arranged to get a die to try to re-thread the spindle, but when I tried the nut the next day it went on with ease!!! All of the filing, grinding, and friction from forcing the nut on the spindle, heated both the spindle and nut so much that they both expanded, preventing the nut from going on. I was relieved that I wouldn't have to try to re-thread the spindle!

So, it's back together and swinging so much easier than when I bought the truck. I'm glad it's fixed.

I will probably try to add a grease zerk whenever I eventually have to take the bumper off for another reason. Until then, I'll just monitor performance and re-grease as necessary.

Thanks again for the help and advice from club members.

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Old 01-23-2009, 09:36 AM
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Great job! Nice when everything actually works out the way you planned... wait, I have never had that happen before, how does it feel??
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