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Front hubs on an '01 2500

So I'm doing ball joints and front U joints on a friends '01 2500. I've got everything loose including the spindles loose from the ball joints but I can't get the hubs off. I take it they are pressed into the spindle? I used a duckbill attachment on a port-a-power and pushed against the wheel flange and spindle but can't seem to get it to come out and I don't want to force it tha way and mess up the bearings. Do you guys have any tricks for getting those things out? Or is there something not obvious that I'm missing that I need to do before they come out?

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did you take the four bolts on the back side of the hub out? if so then it should come off with a little help from a hammer.
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Even with the 4 bolts removed, they can still be severely stuck in place. Between corrosion and a slight tapered fit, they get stuck good. When you do get them out, clean the mating surfaces up well and use LOTS of anti-seize.

You can use the power steering to pop them loose. Will require a second person.

Back the bolts about half way out, and get a piece of steel to put between the bolt head and the axle. Slowly turn the wheel to act a a press. Do a bit on the left side, and a bit on the right side on each axle end. That way you will tend to walk both sides out, and not get it cocked or wedged tight.

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Another way is to drive a chisel between the bearing flange and the spindle mount, I use a 2# hammer.

Yet another way, back the 4 retainer bolts off about 3/16 to 1/4 - pad the bolt head and hit it with a good air hammer.

You might give thought to replacing the unit bearings with an old style spindle and greased bearings for just a little less than the cost of retrieving it from the side of the road and replacing the unit bearings.

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Another way is to drive a chisel between the bearing flange and the spindle mount, I use a 2# hammer.

Yet another way, back the 4 retainer bolts off about 3/16 to 1/4 - pad the bolt head and hit it with a good air hammer.

You might give thought to replacing the unit bearings with an old style spindle and greased bearings for just a little less than the cost of retrieving it from the side of the road and replacing the unit bearings.

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Could you elaborate on that ? It sounds like your saying you could actually put locking hubs on with old style spindles ?? What about the axles need differnt ones ??

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There is a kit that replaces the axle stubs, adds a spindle to use the hub and bearings that they used to use, includes all parts to take out the unit bearings and put the truck back on the road. The parts other than the specalty spindle are on the shelf at the local parts house.

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Could you post a link or pM me. I would like to see that.

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If I remember right it is Dynatrac.com

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