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Hub Nut won't come off

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by olid220, May 8, 2010.

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  1. olid220

    olid220 New Member

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    Hello, cant get the driveshaft nut to undo on my 99 Freelander, drivers side front nut. it won't budge, have broken a half'inch breaker bar this morning, snaped the end clean off, nut hasn't moved. i'm turning it anti-clockwise, its tight as, hasn't moved at all, not even a 100000000000000 of a turn, its like its welded on..
     
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    is it left hand thread?
     
  3. olid220

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    don't know, not sure, anyway to tell before i try and tighten it any further.
     
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    G-man BBQ king

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    assuming you can't see any of the threads..... no

    if you can see the treads have a look at them!

    its most likely that you will need an impact gun to undo them as they are normally done up FT
     
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    No they are not LH thread.

    make sure you have cleared out the bit thats staked down clear of threads then i used an impact socket, breaker bar which was slid inside a 4 foot long piece of steel box section and pulled on it for leverage. It will give all of a sudden.

    Before you do though - make sure you have a new hub nut and a torque wrench that will allow you to retighten to the correct setting!
     
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    Darmain Well-Known Member

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    And that is one mother of a torque wrench as well so consider if it would be cheaper to get the garage involved.
     
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    This is the way I do it,but you'll need a x wheel brace and a socket set extension bar with a hex head on the bar end.You'll also need a good 3 foot+ heavy tube.

    Jack the vehicle up a bit and loosen the wheel nuts a bit.Remove the hub cap.Get your 32mm socket onto the extension bar then the wheel brace and tube.Before you do that tap a punch into the keyhole to open the stake nut.Turn the nut anticlockwise.
    I hope that helps someone,its really easy with the right tools.I bought an impact drill to do the job the first time I had to remove the hub,what a waste of money.Luckily I bought a good 1/2"britool socket set at the same time,the best &#8364;140 or more I ever spent.
     
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    burn it
     
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    Usually you would need a 3/4 inch breaker bar and socket, but if you dont, a well fitting socket, and as long a breaker bar as you have. I`ve found that rocking on the nut left and then right tends to free them up or maybe a jerking motion 1st in one direction then the other, sometimes tightening it up a little frees it too.... I did this on my rear pinion nut and it freed itself.


    It was as a last resort mind as it was starting to pee me off.......:D
     
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    snap-on xt7100
     
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    you will struggle with half inch sockets, nut is far tighter than half inch is designed for.
     
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    That the trouble, you're looking at an inch drive set and thats a big outlay for very occational use.
     
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    i have never failed to undo a hubnut with a 1/2" drive socket!
    and i have had the hubs off everything from small cars to large vans!
     
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    Just keep at it mate, It took me 2 days to get a VW golf hub nut off once, day 1 spent ****ing about with wrong tools, day 2 got propper fitting 12 point socket, and a longer 1/2 inch breaker bar, and refreshed after a good nights sleep had the extra energy needed and it came off easy.
     
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    split the nut with a sharp 1/2" chisel, then undo once the tension is off , ten min job, :)
     
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    thanks for this advice, worked well
     
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    I snapped the end off my dads snap-on 1/2 breaker bar, it was about 3foot long. I rang the local garage up and they said exactly the same as a few on here, too tight for 1/2 gear.

    I went to halfords with the intention of buying a 3/4 sliding T bar and socket, came out with a ful 3/4 set. It cost about £80, half price, I noticed last weekend they have big tool sales on again, it could well be on offer again. It hasn't failed to remove any nut I have tried to remove since I bought it, well worth the money.
     
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    i took the center out and used a center punch like old irish and left the wheel on the ground i used a 3/4 inch bar and a half inch adapter to the socket i had which was flat sided not a mulity sided one as these tend to slip then had the wife on the foot brake and bingo but they are 295lbs torque and you "should" have a new nut to put back on
     
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    I spent 3 hours bendig half inch bars and splitting half inch sockets. Marina owner came past and asked what I was doing. He lent me a 3/4" socket set. 5 mins job done. The drive shafts from Rimmers were great. My only complaint was having to buy another socket as the new nuts were a different size. Small price I think!
     
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