Well I haven’t made much progress today, and I’m not too happy about that. Trying to figure out how to get the hub out of the carrier. it’s too wide for my press; and I’ don’t think I’ll be drifting this hub out.
the spacer has all of the indications that it was spinning.
This carrier is a wonderful geological study. the hard glass like substance that I believe at on time was grease, has hardened to the point it chips off the parts. like tar as a solid.
That is the grease. that has hardened
Here’s what’s under the grease seal.
That shit is hard! At first I thought it was another seal or something that once was solid and properly shaped; that had dissolved and solidified in the grease. Nope. just what was once grease. now on its way to returning to it’s natural state rock.
Initially the hub wouldn’t budge in the carrier. but after a half a can of WD40 rust penetrant, & trusty Ol’ Brakekleen, the hub spins freely. By the Way, did you know that you can get brakekleen by the gallon containers? Happy Days!! yes, in gallons as well as a 55 gallon drum. The world is now a better place. Check it out -> [Amazon.com] (https://www.amazon.com/CRC-05090-Brakleen-1Gal/dp/B000CIPUU0)
I’ve been using this water based “solvent” that does work if you let the parts sit in it over night. I wouldn’t recommend putting alkaline or non-furous metals in it over night, the solvent dissolves the oxidation layer. Does it work? to be fair yes it works. Quickly? Not even!.
Brakekleen dissolve grease and oil, and does it very quickly? WD40 rust penetrate is another good one for cutting through grease and grime and smells nice too. So does brakekleen. but I can’t afford to lose anymore brain cells. Sorry side tracked.
Back on track.
Before I went to bed last night I hit it with a bit of WD40 rust release penetrating oil. To come to find the spacers had fallen out. Both of which have all the signs of spinning. Initially I though the input shaft coming off the u-joint was discolored from old grease. I’m not so sure anymore I think it’s tempered from heat. you can also see where the spacers were spinning too. I can’t catch a finger nail on it.
I’m concerned that I’ll have to replace the input shaft as well as the carrier because the shims just fell out on the table.
Are both bearings pressed on to the hub? before and after the splines?
I’ll be posting videos of this endeavor on youtube. soon.