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Old 06-25-2007, 03:13 PM
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cone washer removal (manual hubs)

I need some help on how to remove the cone washers, i've searched around and can't find a real specific way of doing it.
88 toyota pickup, 4wd 22re
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:16 PM
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Proper procedure is to use a brass drift pin and a hammer. Place the drift pin on the end of the stud and hit it with the hammer untill the cone washer is jarred free.
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I need some of those darn washers, mine are pretty bad from my last removal efforts
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:23 PM
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You can get those here.http://www.marlincrawler.com/htm/axles.htm. I'll be replacing mine here soon, they're in pretty sad shape.

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Old 06-25-2007, 03:29 PM
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nice, I need some new studs too lol.
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whacking the hub body with a hammer works pretty well too. I like to sure that method as I don't have a brass drift and don't want to mess up the threads.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:35 PM
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:41 PM
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I use the ol womp on er with a 2lb hammer method.. Usually come out in 2 or 3 wallops.
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when I took mine off it was prob the first time they had ever been off. I broke 2 of the studs and had a heck of a time getting the other cones out.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:53 PM
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hit the side of the flange with a brass hammer untill they pop out.
They can be a bitch but usually come out without much trouble.
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Yeah. I'm a FIRM believer in the BFH. Caint fix it with a BFH, you must be doing something very very wrong...
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I used BF rubber Hammer..5lbs or so. few knocks here and there and they popped out.

dont forget..lube never hurts
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:05 PM
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Just make sure when you hit the hub you leave the nuts on the end of the studs a thread or two, cone washers fly off into dark corners of the garage otherwise. I probably still have a couple lying around mine, and I sold the 2nd gen 2 years ago.
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hey thanks guys, yeah, seems the brass rod and a hammer to the studs seems to the best option, thanks.
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And soak 'em in PB Blaster (or similar) many days ahead of project day. Driving around a little to build up some heat after the soaking has been reported to help as well.
Some good advice stated earlier - leave your nuts on (also helps prevent damage by stray hammer blows) Use a brass drift or punch on the hub body or lug nut - if you use it on the edge of the cone washer, use lots of lighter taps instead of a few hard ones. Rubber mallets work wonders without much damage.
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I used an aluminum bar on mine. It's softer than brass and less likely to bugger the threads.
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at the junk yard I smack the studs with a hammer first time trying to remove them I used a small flat head screw driver and taped it into the small crack in the cone washers it worked but took forever.
definitely use the drift pin and hammer or thread a nut on the end of the stud to no damage the ends.
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What technique to use depends on why the washers are stuck. I have had some hubs where a little tap with a hammer was all it took, the washers nearly flew off the studs. But I have had other cases where the problem was that the ID of the cone washer was a little distorted (probably from a prior removal attempt). On those, I had to use the screwdriver technique to open up the ID of the washer and pull it off of the stud. On that washer, you could bang on the hub or the drift all day long and that washer would not move at all.

On any given hub, I might find 3-5 washers that come off with the hammer/drift techinique, but then 1-3 of them that need the screwdriver. So you need to look all the removal techniques as a bag of tools. What tool you use for a given washer depends on why it is stuck. So often I see folks try one technique, have it not work, and give up.
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I used a deep well socket that was just slightly bigger than the washers, make sure that it isn't touching the stud either. Put the socket over the washers up against the hub and tap with a hammer. Has worked well for me plus when the washer flies off, the socket catches it.
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I started with the socket but didn't get far then opted for smacking the the hub flange with a hammer. 2-3 hits usually did it.
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