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The tool that you use to undo wheel nuts - is that called a wheel nut shifter?

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Wheel lug wrench

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How and what tools do I need to remove my front shock on my 1977 elcamino. I've tried a vice grip to hold the shock as I turn the nut at the top just to have the shock turn to no luck

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jack the vehicle and secure it on car stands . remove the wheel . Undo the ball joint nut about half way. Use a special ball joint removing tool ( from any auto tool shop) and drive it between the ball end and the housing that the joint is fixed in to . The taper will spring apart against the nut . IF there is pressure on the nut use a jack or clamps to control the movement and remove the nut . Replace the boot and put the taper section back into the housing it came put of . Tighten the nut hard . pin or key it as required.

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  2. remove wheels
  3. remove rod end
  4. remove strut bolts
  5. remove center wheel bolts
  6. press center shaft off or use a brass punch
  7. drop rotor assembly down
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Are the threads on the nut for the crankshaft pulley left or right handed?

Hi they are normal nuts so will undo anticlockwise, but to undo this nut/bolt your going to need to lock the flywheel you can do this by either removing the starter motor and jamming a big screw driver in the teeth of the fly wheel so that it lock on the casing of the gearbox or you can undo an inspection panel on the gearbox to give you access to the fly wheel and then jam it that way other than doing this you would need air tools to undo this nut without jamming the fly wheel

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How do you change the front bearings

hi, now this is a big job and the nut you need to undo you will need a air gun to undo is as it is torqued up that tight that you wont undo it using any hand tools but here is how you do it.
1. put car on axle stands so wheels are off the floor and remove the wheels.
2. On the side that the bearing needs replacing you need to undo the bottom ball joint witch is under neath the disk break should be just one nut and bolt.
3. is best to undo the track rod end from the steering rack this is the tie rod and should be located in the wheel hub towards the drivers door and is held in place with one nut from under neath.
4. after you undo both of these you will then need a ball joint splitter to sepperate these parts from the hub as they will be to tight to remove from their locating possition.
5. now to get to the bearing itself this is where you need an airgun or similar tool they use in a garage. now right at the centre of the wheel hub you will see a really bug nut attatched to the end of the drive shaft and you can see the end off the drive shaft coming through the hub. I think the nut is nearly a 30m or 32m socket to undo.
6. Once this is undone gently tap the end of the drive shaft through the hub whilst gently pulling the hub outwards dont pull the hub outwards if the drive shaft isnt coming free from the hub as you can pull the drive shaft out of the gearbox and then you will have a right mess with geasrbox oil everywhere as the drive shaft is only push fit into gear box.

If the drive shaft is coming free from the hub then keep pulling the hub towards you untill the drive shaft is free (secure driveshaft with string so as not to put stress on the drive shaft bearing).
Now you should be able to remove the old bearing and insert the new make sure you clean the old bearing out properly and use new grease to lube the new bearing.

When doing the drive shaft back up you need to use air gun again to tighten the nut up enough to be safe to drive as their is alot of pressure on these parts.
You wont undo the nut without a air compressor and air tools buying these would be more expensive than paying a garage to do the repairs themselves.
Please choose carefully as once you have started if you have any problems you cant take the car to a garage as it will be in bits.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
If you are going to do this yourself then please buy a workshop manual as this will give you the correct torque settings as the bearing has to be torqued up to a required setting else the bearing will just fail again.

Let me know how you get on ok.

or if you need further assistance ok

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Can't get front wheel bearing retaining nut to break loose

Air tools? good heavens. Just get some classic coca cola and wait. She goes loose left handed. But make sure you undo the fixing of the nut first (the way it is secured not to turn loose spontaineously). At some cars there is a split pin, Mazda had those deformable ones which you had to cut partially. (And new ones ready)

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How do i undo the nut on crankshaft pulley.

you will have to use a fly wheel locking tool or i usually just use a large flat tip screw driver and hold the fly wheel from turning while a friend loosens the nut on the pulley.

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You can get a wheel lock removal socket at NAPA or other part stores. This tool grabs ahold of the lug nut and removes them.

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