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Ok so i am trying to take the rotor off my mustang to get to my wheel bearings. But the nut to get my rotor off is like stuck on i have tryed everything to get it off and now i am got to the point where the out side of the nut is being stripped. any tips on how to get it off. i would like to finish it soon
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You've taken the cotter pin and castle nut off to remove the nut? It shouldn't be on that tight at all.
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You've taken the cotter pin and castle nut off to remove the nut? It shouldn't be on that tight at all.
the cotter pin is out but the bolt right behind the cotter pin i cant get off
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That nut is supposed to be finger tight. Whoever put it on put it on too tight, it's a wonder the bearing didn't overheat and lock up.
You can't get a socket on it? And there's no castle nut?
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That nut is supposed to be finger tight. Whoever put it on put it on too tight, it's a wonder the bearing didn't overheat and lock up?
You can't get a socket on it? And there's no castle nut?
well im guessin my dumb ass put it on that tight, i think the bearing did over heat or something because i spin the rotor and hear metal scraping
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Then you'll have to drive something onto the nut that'll grab it, then replace that nut when you go back with new parts.
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Then you'll have to drive something onto the nut that'll grab it, then replace that nut when you go back with new parts.
well idk what i would put into it to get it out..socket wont work already tried...is the rotor supposed to beable to move back and forth
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I would put a large pipe wrench on it to grab it and back it off. Hard to believe it is on that tight.... Also like Eagle said it should be finger tight and you should not hear any rubbing. Never wrench tighten the nut when putting it on
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I would put a large pipe wrench on it to grab it and back it off. Hard to believe it is on that tight.... Also like Eagle said it should be finger tight and you should not hear any rubbing. Never wrench tighten the nut when putting it on
yea i tried the wrench thing and it just made teeth marks in the nut, i have no idea what i did before i feel retarded now since it wont work and it needs new baerings so i cant drive it
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Get a dremel tool and a metal cutting disc. Cut on two sides of the nut about 3/4 of the way through. DO NOT CUT INTO THE SPINDLE! Get a hammer and chisle and at a 45 degree angle tap the cuts in the nut in the direction you need to loosen it, leftie loosie. The nut should split on those two cuts or should give just enough to allow it to break free. If not cut just a tad more but remember,DO NOT CUT INTO THE THREADS ON THE SPINDLE ,BE VERY CAUTIOUS!
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Get a dremel tool and a metal cutting disc. Cut on two sides of the nut about 3/4 of the way through. DO NOT CUT INTO THE SPINDLE! Get a hammer and chisle and at a 45 degree angle tap the cuts in the nut in the direction you need to loosen it, leftie loosie. The nut should split on those two cuts or should give just enough to allow it to break free. If not cut just a tad more but remember,DO NOT CUT INTO THE THREADS ON THE SPINDLE ,BE VERY CAUTIOUS!
ok im gonna have to try this tomorrow but everyone thanks for the help i hope this works
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couldnt get it.. now its for sale
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Why do you have to live so far away? I would buy it
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Wow, seriously. Is that thing melted on to the spindle or what? Well last effort, brute force and anger.:nogrinner

Air chizzle it off, thing is you may mess your spindle up. You may try heating it with a torch to expand the metal and then knocking it off, cut the nut all the way through last resort effort to save the Stang!
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