RTH - Rear Axle/Hub/Brake Advice (1 Viewer)

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Dug into my rear axle this morning because I had noticed the P/S leaking oil. The D/S locknut was only hand tight. P/S seemed about right. Both axles have wear marks from axle seals -- P/S more pronounced and irregular than D/S. Both outer bearings just fell out when I pulled the hub???

1) I plan to blast everything with brake cleaner. I have never had any problems with my parking brake -- should I tear apart the P/S parking brake since it has been bathed in gear oil? My gut tells me to clean it up really well and move on. Anything I should be careful of here? Would the oil ruin the shoe material?

2) I assume a little bit of axle wear near the axle seal is normal. I see the FSM states 0.8mm maximum runout on the axleshaft, but isn't clear about the flanged end where it contacts the seal.

I am going to have a shop press in the new bearings. After tearing everything apart, I decided to replace calipers and hub studs as well.

I have read through the FAQ and searched a bit. Just want to see if I am missing anything big.

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D/S spindle and parking brake paraphernalia
D/S axle
P/S spindle bathed in goop
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Thought I would post up my results due to the overwhelming interest in this thread. Everything cleaned up much better than I had anticipated. Turns out that the outer bearing is not pressed into place -- so I had no reason to be concerned in the first place. I had the machine shop check the axle run-out and everything was fine.

This job is pretty straightforward and MUCH less messy than the front axle.

Lessons learned:
1) Since I do not own a press yet, the modest machine shop charge to clean up both hubs, press in both inner bearings and seals, and press in new hub studs was well worth it.
2) I think a brass punch would both be good tool for both front and rear axle jobs. I have been using a drift, but I think a punch would allow you to gently tap the edges of the cone washers to break their seal with the drive flange.
 

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Marcus1983 said:
Thought I would post up my results due to the overwhelming interest in this thread.

I was interested and had subscribed, for what it's worth.
 
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My rear axle is totally due for rebuild and new rear rotors before the beach this October.
 

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For the cone washers - use a bigger hammer. And once you have the brass punch you won't need the machine shop anymore. :)
 

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