How do we loosen a the spindle when trying to replace an axle on a 1997 honda civic
I am not sure if your question is "The center axle nut is stuck and will not budge. How do I loosen it?" or if the question is "I've removed the center axle nut, how do I get the axle out of the
hub?" So I'll just answer both questions.
Starting with the first question, if the center axle nut is stuck beyond your ability to remove it, the simplest way is to pay someone else to do it. Drive the car to a shop or garage with power tools, and ask them to loosen the nut. Most places will do it for $20 or even less if you ask nicely. A 3/4 in. impact gun will take the nut right off. Then put it back on snug but not too tight for the drive back.
If you absolutely want to do it yourself. Assuming that you have the correct size socket (about 30mm), and you've removed the castle nut and the cotter pin. Liberally pply "Liquid Wrench" or "PBblaster" to the nut and let it sit overnight or at least a couple of hours - this really makes a big difference. Start with a 1/2 in. breaker bar (3/4 in. would be better). If the breaker bar by itself does not give you enough leverage, get a 4-foot or 5-foot length of steel pipe to fit over the bar as an extension to give more leverage. Be careful not to over do it, if the nut is seriously stuck, body weight can break the 1/2 in. bar with an extension of this length.
If this does not work, get a propane torch, apply heat directly to the nut to expand it. Then try to turn it with the bar while it's hot.
If this still does not work, get a dremel tool or a cold chisel and cut the nut. Since you are replacing the axle you do not need to worry about the threads.
Now, if you've undone the center axle nut, and cannot figure out how to get the axle out of the hub, there are a few things that help. First, you must undo the outer tie-rod end from the spindle, to allow the spindle to pivot away from the control arm. Use a puller tool on the tie rod end, so you do not damage it. As an alternative to disconnecting the tie-rod, you have the option to disconnect either the strut arm or the ball joint - it doesn't matter as long as you give the knuckle the degree of freedom it needs to fall away from the axle. Then, use a mallet to tap the end of the axle and disengage it from the hub.
Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions.
Apr 03, 2010 |
1997 Honda Civic