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I recently went to a mom&pop shop to get a

I recently went to a mom&pop shop to get a tired plugged. The mechanic made a comment about a "spindle nut" gone bad. From what I gathered, it holds the rotor in place? Is this an easy fix? Can I purchase this part from a local O'Reilly's or Autozone?

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  • sexybadgurlt Jun 18, 2009

    yea, i went to o'reilly and the guy said he would need to know the thread size of my spindle nut in order for me to buy because the ones he showed me were no more than a couple of bucks but they didnt specify what vehicles they could be used on how would i find that information out

  • sexybadgurlt Jun 18, 2009

    front passenger

  • sexybadgurlt Jun 18, 2009

    hey does that part get so bad to were you cant bear to drive because of the noise?

  • Lance Birch May 11, 2010

    was it the front or rear wheel???



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Well it depends, was the nut loose??
it could be the c/v axle making noise!!!
or it could be the wheel bearing and hub assy. making noise!!!
or if it is really bad it could be both!!!
honestly the spindle nut itself doesn't go bad, all it does is hold the c/v axle in the center of the hub which is connected to the bearing assy.!!

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  • Lance Birch Jun 18, 2009

    you could go back to o'reilly and speak to someone hopefully more experienced and ask them if they have a c/v axle in stock, then have them bring it out and look at the size of the spindle nut the rebuilt c/v axle that they should have on their shelf!!!


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Yes just buy and replace the nut,.quite staight forward

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The spindle nut is what hold the rotor in place on the axle. they can't really "go bad" unless its been overtorqued. you should be able to buy a new one at any auto parts store or a dealer. just make sure you check the axle threads for signs of stretching or any other damage. if the shaft itself is wrecked, you will have to re-thread it with a die set, or replace the axle.

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