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Need to replace frontwheel hub, but it won't come off, maybe frozen from the bad bearings.

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Soak with penetrating oil or in severe cases you may need to heat the bearing housing/ steering knuckle area. This is often caused by disimilar metal corrosion or rust. good luck

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