That big old socket will come in handy for more than the front spindle nuts. The rear face of it is a great size for driving in the front and rear output shaft seals on the transfer case, for example, and the socket is a good base for when you want to press off an old bearing from the front output shaft.Thanks for the information. I got the large socket for the front axle in the mail today. I'll update once I get things going again
The rear axle nuts on my wagon are 1-7/16”, but that’s a Dana 44 axle, lighter than the 53 on your truck.The outer nut should have a washer behind it which is bent over two nut flats. Straighten out the washer, remove outer nut, remove washer, remove inner nut, gently pull hub/drum and dislodge outer bearing, remove outer bearing, remove hub/drum. You will want a 4wd spindle socket. Trust me, get the correct tool. Mine measures out to 2 1/16".
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Read drum axle nut on my Dana 53 is 1.5". You rear end might be a Dana 44 or other. Perhaps others will chime in if those have different size axle nuts.
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Buuut, the hub is pressed onto the tapered axle shaft so you need a hub puller. Once again, get the correct tool. You might damage parts or yourself by not using the correct tools. BTW, that hub is often REALLY on there. Leave the axle nut on with a few threads engaged. Otherwise, sometimes the puller and hub go flying across the room when the hub finally let's go. Yes, they can be that tight.
This shows my puller with only one leg attached. Mine has three legs. Other designs have more.
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That's good to know! Thanks.That big old socket will come in handy for more than the front spindle nuts. The rear face of it is a great size for driving in the front and rear output shaft seals on the transfer case, for example, and the socket is a good base for when you want to press off an old bearing from the front output shaft.
Unless you are extraordinarily fortunate, pulling the rear hubs requires force and patience. Above all, protect your body. You're dealing with a LOT of stored energy in the puller. I highly recommend safety glasses and gloves.That's good to know! Thanks.
I got the front drums and bearings off, I got a puller similiar to the one posted above and I'll try to get the rear ones off tomorrow.