How do I get the half shafts out of my 81? I have the little "U" clips off the universal, but I cannot get the half shaft end to drop down. I am only trying to remove the end attached to the wheel.
Thanks, sound easy enough.:thumbsup3:I have found the easiest way to remove the half shafts is to put the car up on safety stands then place a floor jack under the tire and raise it up about 4-5 inches. That'll take the compression load off the half shaft and it'll make it a lot easier to pry it out. When you use a floor jack stick it under the tire from the side at a 90 degree angle so it'll roll as it lifts the tire. I take these half shafts out all the time so I know what works best.......................
This will be my first time removing a half shaft, I am going to try and replace the wheel bearings, I hope! Thanks again.I too have been wrestling them out the hard way for many years and recently I tried using my little scissor jack under the tire and that did the trick. They came out with the greatest of ease. So I learned something new..................
This will be my first time removing a half shaft, I am going to try and replace the wheel bearings, I hope! Thanks again.
toobroketoretire,It's very easy to replace the wheel bearings as I just replaced them in my '71 several months ago. After you get the races hammered in fill the hub completely full of #2 grease and be sure to check the end play of the spindles with a dial indicator. Should have .001" to .005" end play.
Thanks guys, looks like I am going to borrow a slide hammer and buy some #2 grease.:thumbsup:
I bought a real heavy duty OTC slide hammer and it pulled one spindle out real easy but I had to use my oxygen acetylene torch on the other side to heat the inner bearing cherry red before it would budge.
I used fine emery cloth on my spindles and polished off about .0025" (a quarter of one thousands of an inch) to make the next removal easier. Just where the inner bearings go as the outer end of the spindle isn't the problem.
Once you start reassembling them fill the cavity completely full of #2 grease before tapping the inner bearing cone in. Then with the spindle nut torqued (I just blast it with my impact wrench) check the end play and make sure it's at least .001" and no more than about .005". If it's not within specs you can buy shim kits from any of the Corvette parts vendors.[/QUOTE
How did you attach the slide hammer to the spindle? can I make up a steel plate that I can attach to the lug nuts and then attach the slide hammer to the plate? Thanks for all this help.
Thanks guys, you're awesome!:thumbsup: