[s-cars] HELP - Half-shaft doesn't go into wheel hub.

Vincent Frégeac vfregeac at sympatico.ca
Tue Apr 4 14:13:50 EDT 2006



The bearing seems to have the right dimension as I’ve had no problem to push
it in the bearing housing then to push the hub into it. The problem is not
to push the hub into the bearing but to slide the axle inside the hub when
everything is back in place.


For the splines, it’s hard to tell if they’re aligned corretly but as I’ve
been able to pull the axle half inch inside the hub, but using brutal force,
without damaging the splines I suppose the splines where aligned correctly.







De : Rich Letsinger [mailto:rletsinger at gmail.com] 
Envoyé : 4 avril 2006 11:37
À : Vincent Frégeac
Objet : Re: [s-cars] HELP - Half-shaft doesn't go into wheel hub.




Odd. Is there any chance the bearing you put in has the wrong inside
diameter and is preventing the hub sliding back in? Can you tell if the
splines are lining up correctly?




On 4/3/06, Vincent Frégeac <vfregeac at sympatico.ca> wrote: 

I replaced both control arms and a bearing today. I've been postponing this
repair for a few month as I was expecting a major pita (wheel bearings and 
me are not friends). Surprisingly, it went very well. The bearing popped out
easily with the press, the new one went in as easily. Youpla. I bold the
suspension back in place, push the half-shaft end into the hub. Oups! 
Doesn't want to go in. Take it out, back in, giggle it a bit. Nothing.

I tried to use the old axle bolt to drive it in. It went a half inch in but
I had to use a breaker bar to turn the bolt. I removed the bold before 
destroying anything and popped the axle out with a hammer. The filet on the
axle bolt was already in bad shape

So what? The splines in the hub seem to be in good shape according to my
fingers. Idem on the axle. Is it possible I've ovalised the hub when I 
pushed out the inner ring of the bearing with the press? It would surprise
me. What can make the axle so hard to push back in when it went out  by its
own weight?

Any idea?



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