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Old 04-20-2017, 06:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cleaning up the D44's

Cleaning up my axles I picked from an 89 Wagoneer. Got them partially stripped down, looking for the best options to clean them up and get ready for my SAS. I've got the rotors/calipers/hubs all off, and I'm going to replace them, as it's only $200 for both sides. The spindle is rust welded to the knuckle, and I'm hesitant about using a chisel to get them off without damaging them. However the spindle removal tool is $82! I have looked around, found a pair of spindles for $100. So, should I try and save the current spindles (I'm going to replace all the bearings/joints/etc because it's been sitting for 10 years I imagine) and buy the tool, or just get new ones?
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EDIT: $300 for a pair of spindles is about the cheapest I could find, ($100 was for a different Dana 44) so I'm going to save the old ones. Any tricks on removing them without damaging them? Could I smooth out any little marks if I use a chisel and still be ok?
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Don't be afraid of beating a chisel in between the knuckle and spindle
Or you could beat on it a little if you have a soft lead hammer
Also remember the outers are the same as chevy 44s
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Don't be afraid of beating a chisel in between the knuckle and spindle
Or you could beat on it a little if you have a soft lead hammer
Also remember the outers are the same as chevy 44s
Little groves on the surface where the spindle meets the knuckle isn't a big deal?
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Old 04-21-2017, 07:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Get a couple feet of wood 4x4, some of the thickest welding gloves you can find, an extra big ass hammer, and someone with good aim. Set wood on top of the spindle, beat on the wood, up, down, left, right.
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Little groves on the surface where the spindle meets the knuckle isn't a big deal?
The bore locates the spindle, not the face of the knuckle.
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we are supposed to clean our axles before using them? dang it i did it all wrong
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You could do what I did after becoming so frustrated I would have used dynamite if you could by it in Home Depot.

Heat up the knuckle while trickling cold water on the spindle, and spraying a good penetrating oil where the two go together (Use thermal expansion differential to your advantage). few smacks with a hammer on a block of wood and then mine came off...after hours of wailing away and destroying a LOT of wood blocks.

I was into the second day before I got mine to come loose. I've heard stories of some that come off easy. Then there were ones like mine. And I suppose there are even worse than that out there.
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Old 04-21-2017, 01:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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we are supposed to clean our axles before using them? dang it i did it all wrong


Yeah I skipped that class as well.
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Heat the knuckle and wick a candle into the spindle. Then try wiggling it loose with a deadblow. Failing that split them apart with a cold chisel, work your way around evenly and don't be a meathead. Dress the surfaces with a file afterwards as you will gark them a bit.

If you want the axle clean, get it sandblasted. If you want it good enough, go at it with a coarse wire wheel, wipe with some solvent, then put the paint on with a fire hose.
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you will gark them a bit.
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I've got it clean enough to where the paint won't flake off and leave a rust spot haha. I'll try beating on it with some wood and a hammer, if that doesn't work, chisel it out, or heat. Thanks for the input fellas. I'll let you know what works!
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Many auto parts stores will "lend" out the spindle puller for a deposit on your credit card.
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Stop dicking around with wood and slide hammers and buy a fucking dead blow hammer at Harbor Freight.
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I caved and bought the slide hammer attachment. The spindles came off very easy with about five strikes. They seemed VERY rusted on there, but got them off with ease. Thanks for all the help guys!
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