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Old 12-08-2007, 07:31 PM   #1
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Quick one.

What size socket fits the wheel bearing castle nut?

I can't find mine.

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Old 12-08-2007, 07:42 PM   #2
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Quick...I can't find mine.
that's not the one i borrowed is it?

gave it back i swear!

but i'm sure someone will help soon,

with the sizing issue.



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You really don't need a socket unless you are replacing the outer races of your bearings. You only need to bring the bearings up to a snug condition with an adjustable cresent wrench (while rotating the wheel), if you are simply repacking the bearings. After you snug them, you back them off and them up to finger tight and back off enough to insert the cotter pin. This is the proceedure recommended by Airstream in the service manuals. Overtightening them can result in bearing overheating and early failures.

If you are replacing the races, then you will need a socket to seat the races by applying 50 ft lb of torque before you perform the above proceedure to properly adjust the bearings to the 0.001 - 0.10 inches of end play recommended by Airstream.
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Thanks dwightdt, that's the procedure I follow, but I use the socket for the snug part.

Now on my 95, it's hard to get anything like a adj. wrench or pump plier on the castle nut, cuz it's resessed in the coller of the brake drum. Also, I don't know about the older models, but my nuts are over 1-1/4".

Sure, I could remove the wheel and check, but I don't want to remove the wheels till I ready to repack.

Anything?

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Oops. I left out a zero in the second spec. That should be 0.010 inches (10 one thousandths of an inch) ( about the width of 3 human hairs) Not 0.10 inches which would be a tenth of an inch. That would be way too much.
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large size nuts

So Dwightdi,

Do you know the size of the socket needed for the castle nut?
Remember, it's over 1-1/4"

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So Dwightdi,

Do you know the size of the socket needed for the castle nut?
Remember, it's over 1-1/4"

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A pair of channel lock pliers should work just fine, the nuts really shouldn't be that tight.
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1 1/2"?

(if the spindle is 1-14?)
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