What is a hub nut?


Hub nuts are responsible for keeping the driveshaft within the wheel hub on front-wheel or 4×4 vehicles. The hub nut is a crucial part of what gives you drive in your car.

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Then, can I drive without an axle nut?

If the hub nut is missing, there is nothing to hold the end of the driveshaft in place, and eventually it will pop out. This won’t make the car turn – most cars have open differentials, so when one side loses drive, so does the other. So you would not be able to move.

Additionally, which way does the hub nut turn? The threads are normal; i.e., turn counter-clockwise to loosen. The trick: Get yourself a 5-foot long piece of 1″ cast iron pipe to use as a breaker bar. Just slide it over your ratchet handle. That sucker is on there good and the bar will be bending when you’re trying to break it loose.

Also to know, can you reuse hub nut?

Don’t Reuse the Old Nut This is typically when a one-time-use, self-staking nut secures the hub. In these applications, a new nut must always be used when installing a hub. Reuse of the old nut could potentially cause the nut to loosen during vehicle operation.

What happens if axle nut is loose?

The stub axle nut puts preload on the inner and outer bearings inner race and the spacer in between the two bearings. If that is loose, the bearings may walk in and out of the bearing housing in the trailing arm and stub axle as well. Trailing arm and stub axles may get damaged.

What does a spindle nut do?

A spindle or axle nut secures your hub to your spindle or axle. Some are secured with a cotter pin or axle nut retainer to keep them from loosening when driving. This can also damage the bearings, races, or spindle if left unaddressed.

What are axle nuts made of?

Axle Nuts
  • Fits most 14mm axles (M14*P1)
  • Fits 17mm wrench or socket.
  • Made from 7075 aluminum or steel.

What is an axle bolt?

Axle bolts are designed to be used when attaching wheels to items such as lawnmowers and wagons. Hillman recommends installing these bolts with a nut and washer to best secure the wheel to the axle.

Can you over tighten axle nut?

Registered. Im 99% sure over tightening the axle nut will NOT effect the trans in anyway. If you over tighten, it will try and draw the circlip out of the differential housing.

Can you tighten a wheel bearing?

Adjusting non-driven bearings. The bearing is adjusted by tightening the hub nut if it is too loose, or loosening the nut if it is too tight. It should be done with the wheel on and raised on an axle stand. Rock the wheel from side-to-side and top-to-bottom to check for bearing wear.

What is the torque for a front axle nut?

Lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the front axle nut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm).

How tight should you tighten a wheel bearing nut?

Tighten the spindle nut finger tight (until snug) and then with channel-lock pliers or a crescent wrench, tighten the spindle nut another 1/4 turn or about 15 to 20 ft pounds of torque.

What is the torque on a wheel hub assembly?

The torque specifications for GM wheel hubs generally range between 107 to 225 foot-pounds, depending on the year and model.

Should axle nuts be replaced?

How important to replace axle nut with a new one every time you remove it? Official Ford service procedure states that if you have to remove an axle nut, you should discard it and replace it with a brand-new one.

Can you reuse a wheel bearing?

Yes you can reuse them. Be careful not to damage them when removing and/or installing. There may be those that say replace them, but for 150 bucks there is no reason not to reuse’em.

What does a loose axle sound like?

Loud clicking noises when turning

One of the most common and most noticeable symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assembly is an audible clicking noise when turning. When CV axles become excessively worn, the joints will become loose and click when turning.

What size is the axle nut on a Honda Civic?

1 1/4″ socket fits the 32mm spindle nut: torque to 134 lb-ft. Ball joint nut: torque 36 to 43 lb-ft.

How do you remove an axle nut cover?

Using a medium size screwdriver and hammer tap the driver into the crack of the hub dust cover. Work your way around the edge, be careful not to deform the cover– it may take a few “laps” around the rim. Remove the cotter pin, retaining collar and 35mm axle nut. Remove the 4- 14mm bolts underneath the ball joint.

What size is an axle nut?

UNIVERSAL APPLICATION: This axle nut socket kit features socket sizes covering most applications, making this set workable for many types of jobs and vehicles. SOCKET SIZES: Shankly’s cv axle socket set contains 29mm, 30mm, 31mm,32mm, 33mm, 34mm, 35mm, 36mm and 38mm sockets.

How do I stop my axle from spinning?

Some times you can get away without using the jamb nut if you loosen one side first, clean the threads and then reinstall the bolt and tighten it, then remove the opposite side with the impact wrench and then remove the other bolt. If your impact is fast enough it should spin the bolts out even if the axle spins.

What size socket do I need to remove a wheel bearing?

The eight sockets are: 26, 27,29, 30, 32, 35, 36, and 38 mm.