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Old 21-Sep-2005, 11:31 PM
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What's the difficulty in installing one. Any special tools needed or should I just bring it to a shop and not deal with the hassle?

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Old 21-Sep-2005, 11:57 PM
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you can take everything apart and bring the front knuckle to the shop and give them the parts and tell em to press out the old one and put the new one in...should be very cheap if not free you save alot of $$
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Old 22-Sep-2005, 12:20 PM
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So, the difficulty in replacing this part is that it needs to be 'pressed' out from the knuckle. This requires a Press.

Getting your knuckle off can be done in your own garage. It's not rocket science to take off a knuckle but it isn't the easist thing either if you don't have the proper tools. I am lazy so, I wouldn't deal with the hassle and look for someone on these boards who can help you out.
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really it all depends on your mechanical aptitude and tools/workspace. if you work on it outside in January at 3 AM in the morning during a blizzard, it'll be the hardest thing you ever do LOL

but given the right tools, it's really a breeze. to get the knuckle off, lets see off the top of my head.... need a 32 mm socket and a long *** breaker bar (1 inch drive preferred) for the axle nut. you need a 17 mm, 14 mm, and 10 mm for the various suspension bolts. need some needle nose pliers for the cotter pin on the tie rod end and ball joints. you will need a big hammer and perhaps a torch as well. it would take me about 25 minutes to get the knuckle off. the bearing tool you can rent from Crappy Tire. Or get a press from Princess Auto for like $80 or so. I made my own jig to use as a press and I just use a 5 ton bottle jack that I had around.
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hmm Ive never seen a press that cheap. Most on sale are around $200. If you never use the press again it woulnd't be worth it IMO
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Thank you for the advice guys. Very informative and helpful.
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Old 09-Oct-2005, 12:40 PM
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Why not just buy a whole hub and bearing assembly and replace it. At least thats what I did, bought a used hub and bearing assembly for $60. Swap was fairly easy.
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