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Old 06-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Stuck front hub

I have a stuck front hub on my 2008 jk. I have removed the 3 12 point bolts and used a screw driver to try to pry / wegde it out and it didn't move hardly at all. Put the wheel / tire back on and gently used a sledge to see if I could work it free. It moved a little bit more. Any ideas? I am thinking maybe a gear puller might do the trick. It has a good amount of rust being a MN car.

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Did you remove the axle nut?

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Did you remove the axle nut?
This. It's always easier to check the simple things first.

But on a 5 year old Jeep there's a good chance there's more than a little rust. You may need to break out the BFH with a good size drift and wail on it to get it out. And remember to coat it with anti-seize when you put it back together so it comes apart easier next time.
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Yup axle nut is off. I found this:

http://www.myjeepxj.com/uploads/imag...gear%20036.jpg

I will give this a shot and see how it goes. Man there was some serous mud caked in / around these parts.
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Oh and the wheel speed sensor self destructed. when I tried to remove it. Sigh.
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Ok got the hub off using the above method. Easy. Hub might be stuck to axle though. Will nee to soak it in pb blaster.
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Yup axle nut is off. I found this:

http://www.myjeepxj.com/uploads/imag...gear%20036.jpg

I will give this a shot and see how it goes. Man there was some serous mud caked in / around these parts.
This is a great technique. I have heard of guys getting the most stubborn hubs out this way. I was actually gonna tell you the same thing when I came into this thread. Now, good luck getting the hub off the stub shaft
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:38 AM   #8
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I got a 12T shop press. It will come off. :-) Thanks!!!
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Yup axle nut is off. I found this:

http://www.myjeepxj.com/uploads/imag...gear%20036.jpg

I will give this a shot and see how it goes. Man there was some serous mud caked in / around these parts.
so is that just putting a socket back there then just turning your wheel?
Seems easier than a BFH
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:52 AM   #10
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Correct.... why work harder. :-)
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That's actually a really good idea. Why work harder indeed?

But yeah, soaking the axle in PB blaster should help get it out of the hub.

Just remember the anti-seize when you put it back together.
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so is that just putting a socket back there then just turning your wheel?
Seems easier than a BFH
Most of the suggestions Ive seen used a large bolt...but I am sure an extension works well too lol. Just put it on one side, turn the wheel, switch sides, repeat until it breaks loose

Thankfully I live somewhere where this isnt an issue in the first place.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:30 PM   #13
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Thanks for you support! I am having a blast with my jeep. I have got 53K on the stock ujoint and ball joints.

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