It can, but it would be awkward to work with. Stick a big screwdriver into
the vanes of hte rotor, so that it jams up against the brake caliper. Then
just put a big socket/bar onto the axle nut (after removing the cotter pin,
of course), and back it off. I don't recall the size of the nut off-hand,
Do it the easy way - while the brakes are still connected. Or the
EASIER way - with a big jonston bar on the socket, and the handle
against the ground - use a chunk of pipe if necessary, and put the car
in gear (reverse for left side - handle facing back, forward for right
side, handle facing forward. Can be done with each wheel off the
ground, but safer an all fours.
What's difficult about sticking a screwdriver in the rotor? Using the
brakes requires two people... and sometimes it's tough to generate enough
brake pressure to hold back against the torque necessary to break that nut
Yeah - just throw caution to the wind... trust me, I've done this plenty of
times - and the screwdriver in the rotor has yet to fail...
On Thu, 12 May 2005 01:46:04 GMT, "Christopher Thompson"
I've done it with the big bar many times when 250 foot lbs from my
impact wouldn'dt do it, and 200 lbs jumping on the end of a 3 foot bar
woudn't do it. Never had one fail to come off using engine power - and
never did any damage.
And what do you do if your rotors are not vented?
As for removing the nut with the wheels still on the car, and on the
ground, I've never managed to spin the wheel with the car parked in
gear with the emergency on, by jumping on the johnson bar. It's a one
man job. And if the emergency doesnt hold, a chunk of 4X4 or 6X6 wood
in front of the wheel makes a good substitute - still a one man job.
If it doesnt come off that way, I brace the wrench handle against the
ground and use the power of the engine. When the nuts are cracked
loose I put it up on the hoist or jacks (jack stands)
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