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Old 05-10-2010, 02:58 PM
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Spindle Nut Socket

I am having a helluva time finding this dumb thing. I've been to almost every auto parts store and nobody has the correct size. I tried AutoZone, Advance Auto Parts, O'reilly, Napa, Auto Value and a tool shop.

Anyone know where I can get one or borrow?

I need a 6 lug/prong socket. Probably 2 7/8" (the 2 5/8" at the parts stores is too small).

I live in So. MN just south of Mankato.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:38 PM
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I wish I could be of some kind of help for you Michael except to say good luck. How much of an emergency is this? Is this your only transportation or can it sit for a day or two until we can locate you one?
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:51 PM
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I'd say it's urgent, but not an absolute emergency. I borrowed one from AutoZone this weekend only to find it was too small. When I had the tire off, I noticed the rotor has hairline cracks all over it.

This is my daily driver, so I'd like to get it done SOON.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:07 PM
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In your location I would call Snap on or mac tool hqtrs and ask for a number of a local dealer and get one from them. They pretty much carry anything, I know I used to do that. Good luck on your search......
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Tom's idea is best for fast...

I probably have what you need in my tool box, but I'm not all that close to you...
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ok. I finally figured out what my issue was. I was looking at the Hub Body that is simply held in by a snap ring. Since I've never taken apart a hub before, I was going completely off of descriptions.

The Spindle Nut I was looking for sits behind the Hub Body. The Hub Body simply slides out of the hub after the snap ring is removed.

AutoZone's repair guides weren't functioning so I couldn't see anything from there. They aren't always 100% correct either. Last night I finally found someone on FTE (I think) that had posted a Ford procedure guide with expanded views of the axle/hub/rotor assembly. I have all of the parts and things I need (I think). I'm going to tackle this tonight. I had to go buy a BFH to seperate the hub from the rotor and get the wheel studs out of the hub/rotor assembly. We'll see how much of a pain the rust is to me.

I sprayed it with with some Liquid Wrench this weekend so it's had a couple days to sit and penetrate. This stuff has been AMAZING. I twisted a torx head for my socket set a while back. Sprayed this stuff on it and let it sit for a couple days. Came back with the same twisted torx head and everything came apart nice and easy.
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Any luck on this project Michael?
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Yup.. got it done a couple weekends ago. Took about 7-8 hours in total.
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spindle nut socket

having the same problem that msmrnne17 had cannot find a 2.875in outside 6 prong socket for my 96 bronco
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having the same problem that msmrnne17 had cannot find a 2.875in outside 6 prong socket for my 96 bronco
Make sure your aren't looking at the Hub. The spindle nut sits behind the Hub. The hub is held in by a also ring. Once the snap ring is out, the hub will simply slide out, exposing the spindle nut.
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thanks for the info. i,m going outside now and take a better look at it.
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