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Old 03-08-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Axle nut help.

I'm trying to get the axle nut off of my front dana 30 diff. I can't seem to get it loose. I tried using a pry bar, even my weight would not break it free. I am soaking it over night. My questions, am I risking snapping something off? Is it cross threaded? any ideas to help get it off?? Thanks.

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Old 03-08-2012, 08:08 PM   #2
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I needed a good breaker bar and a 3' length of pipe. I first did this to my 1/2" ratchet before buying a breaker bar though.... The nut is torqued to 175ftlb


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Old 03-08-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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I have been using about a 2 foot piece of pipe and my breaker bar with no luck.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:23 PM   #4
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I tried everything on mine... Long breaker, impact gun, penetrating lube, heat, and lots of creative speach. I ended up cutting it and splitting it, being very careful to not get into the threads.
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They are a pain. i have had to use a 4-6' piece of pipe and bounce up and down to get the nut off the axle. good luck. leverage is your friend
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! I have a buddy bringing me a bigger pipe. Hopefully that and soaking it all night will do the trick.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:16 AM   #7
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Impact wrench
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:13 AM   #8
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Farmer's impact wrench

Set it up so you can pound on the nut as you are applying pressure. That is the same result as an impact wrench. It doesn't take a tremdous amount of impact, just a moderate blow with a 3lb or 2lb hammer against what would be the end of the bolt, but covered up by the socket, etc.

Can do the same thing with a screwdriver or torx by striking the end of the handle when applying pressure to turn. Best not to miss and hit the hand though. That causes other effects.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:40 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tip ballistx. I will have to try that next time I have a stubborn bolt or nut. Soaking it and the 4 foot pipe did the trick.

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