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Drivetrain the socket for front axel nut?

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by headmn, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. headmn

    headmn FEOA Member

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    Help someone before i kill myself. i am on my way to the
    parts store by bus, for the 3rd time to get the RIGHT %$#@*&%$
    1/2" drive socket for the front axel nut. can someone tell me plez,
    whats the rite size; its not 27,28,29 or 30mm? my '95 1.9L scort
    CV job awaits me. thx you,headmn
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Should be 32mm
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    Swift FEOA Donator

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    ^ yep, that it is
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    I use a socket that is 1-1/4", and is a 6 point kind, not the 12 point kind. It also has a 3/4"" square drive instead of a 1/2" drive. I use a 3/4" drive sliding T handle tool to turn the socket 9 with a 3 or 4 ft length of 2/1/2" over that. That slider has a blackhawk p.n. 69997 on it.
    I used to use a socket that had a 1/2" drive, and the 1/2" breaker bar snapped off; thus I went to the beefier 3/4" drive.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    If, for some reason you don't want to own a 32mm socket, it's a free loaner tool at one of auto parts stores.
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    I've broken two 1/2 drive tools on CV joint nuts, so finally bought a 3/4 breaker bar on sale at the tool store. Works great!

    If the car is an automatic, don't put it in park to stop the wheel from turning, as there is tremendous torque and impact when you loosen that stubborn nut, enough to possibly damage the park pawl in the transmission. Having a helper stomp hard on the brake works well, with the wheel on the ground as well.
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    Just put the car in reverse and let the engine do the work.
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    Alas; with most of the Escorts I have hauled home, they would no longer move in any gear - so going into reverse didnt work for me.
    I will likely do that when I go to replaced the driver's side CV axle - which has split the boot on the birfield-rzeppa joint.
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    Thz to all for your inputs. indeed, the 32mm socket does work with 1/2" breaker and 2.5 ft cheater bar. the 32mm with 12 points fits but is sloppy between contact points. it almost seems like the tite proper fit would be 31.5 mm? if I

    can find or run across a 1 1/4" socket i ll give it a try. i have gotten PART of the passenger side CV and axle but will get a pry fork/wedge to get the remainder out of the transaxle case. had lots of trouble trying to use a

    small crowbar. wish me luck with this epic undertaking, since i have to get the shorter driver side CV and axle removed also. thz, headmn
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    A cold chisel should be able to be stuck into the space between the side of the transaxle and the inner CV casing; and hit sideways with a hammer.
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    Keep in mind that the aluminum of the transaxle case is not that thick, and don't crack it!

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