Last visit to the dealer years ago (mistake) caused a cross-threaded
spindle nut on my '96 Ram 1500 4WD. Found it when I had to replace the
U-joints a year later. I managed to cram the nut back on but have
been dreading a wheel falling off ever since.
Does anyone know the size of the thread on the front axle stub? I'd
like to get a rethreader, without the entire kit. One die costs 7. The
kit is 89.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Marty, certified cheapskate.
Half the damage is in the nut, the other half in the spindle. A re-threading
will not restore the strength as it cuts away the damaged parts of the
thread leaving places where the nut has nothing to grip.
Please replace the spindle.
Okay T-bone. Now can you answer the question, or just more smart-aleck
answers? I'm asking the size of the threads, not to let try your hand
at being cute. I would like to rethread the axle. If you don't have
any idea what size thread it is, or have nothing of import to add,
please do not respond.
And a _thank you_ to Mr. Budd Cochran for a civil and complete
response. He is what news used to be about.
You're welcome, of course. Thank you for the kind words.
I don't know the thread size (diameter), but if you count the thread's pitch
( number of threads per inch) you may be able to find a thread file ( a
square file with a surface that looks like several small triangular files
side-by-side. There should be one available in the right pitch) to touch
them up. I think a thread die is going to either be hard to find or very
expensive . . .maybe as much as a used spindle.
If you decide to look for a die or re-threader, measure the thread diameter
and the thread pitch. they might be in either US inches or Metric sizes.
Take the diameter to the nearest larger fraction of an inch or nearest
larger metric measurement and go surfing.
Alternatively, you can get a triangular file and use it, but ( and it's a
BIG "BUT") you will have to be extremely careful so you don't follow the
stripped threads instead of the correct threads when filing. The easiest
way? remove the spindle from the truck and head for the nearest bench vise.
Can't remove it? Apply preferred expletives. It's gonna be heck to do on the
BTDT, sorta. It was a threaded stub (threaded on a lathe...no die to chase
the threads with!!!) on a 10,000 lb smack press, 12 feet off the floor using
a Craftsman thread file. It took thirty minutes of hanging on ladder to get
it fixed. It was about the size of your spindle and the bad thread was only
about two inches square.
Here's hoping for ya!
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I think I'm going to take your original suggestion and invest in a new
axle assembly. What the heck, the brakes need parts for the millionth
Thanks for your help and expertise.
On Sat, 11 Mar 2006 07:12:51 -0700, "Budd Cochran" <mr-d150@preciscom
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