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yeah andrews right 32mm... but its gonna be a bitch to get off.... the last time i did this, the drivers side came off easy, but the one on the passenger side wouldnt budge.. even with a good 3 feet of pipe on the breaker bar for leverage.. the breaker bar started bending..... id say the best way would be if you have access to air tools.... my electric impact wrench wouldnt move it
 

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yeah andrews right 32mm... but its gonna be a **** to get off.... the last time i did this, the drivers side came off easy, but the one on the passenger side wouldnt budge.. even with a good 3 feet of pipe on the breaker bar for leverage.. the breaker bar started bending..... id say the best way would be if you have access to air tools.... my electric impact wrench wouldnt move it
Yeah, heard it's a pain. Luckily I just bought a compressor :lol:

But my impact wrench is a piece of crap (250ftlb) so I'll probably pick up a stronger one tonight, along with the socket.

Thanks everyone!
 

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ive never had an axle nut on any car that wouldnt come off like you guys had happen.

escorts, cavaliers, trucks, acheivas, cutlasses, malibus, contours, can you tell i work on cars?

they all come off nice.
 

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on mine i replaced my drivers side axle when i did my tranny last, yes like everyone said its a 34 ;)

no it was a pain in the butt, i almost didnt get it off. just use the most solid breaker bar you can find and a thick piece of pipe... i just about broke the head on the breaker bar so find solid tools without angle adjustment which will allow for more force to be put directly on the nut and not all the weak joints.
 

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it does come off a lot easier if you drill out the notch they wack into it to lock it into the end of the drive axle
 

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240SXSR20DET said:
it does come off a lot easier if you drill out the notch they wack into it to lock it into the end of the drive axle
ahhh you're supposed to tap that out with a chisel or tap or screwdriver to begin with, aren't you?

so after 350 ft-lbs impact, torch, 1/2" drive 15 or 18" breaker bar and two fairly big guys giving it a try (not at the same time), I think I need to move up to a 3/4" and corresponding socket ... who's a good brand for the price? I like Craftsman only because I can replace broken bars and sockets in-store ... but the local stores don't carry much in the way of 3/4" so that's no advantage ...
 

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An impact gun is your best bet.

Even if the nut was originally torqued to spec, all fasteners will require greater force to remove; it's referred to as break-away torque.

An impact gun provides the jarring effect needed to counter this.

If you are replacing the drive axle and can swallow the core charge, get out a grinder and grind away at the nut. I had to go this route to get the bearing inner race of the drive axle shaft - fortunately, when I returned the drive axle for the core refund, they didn't notice the minor scoring on the shaft.
 

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You sure you got that thing selected to "R" as opposed to "F"? :lol:

I woulda gone for the :roll: , but I know you're not a big fan of that emoticon :p and I don't wanna start another bar-room brawl.

Crack out the angle grinder. You're gonna stress the diff gears or tranny.
 
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