Saturday, February 8, 2014

Where o' where?

Can I find a new axle nut?
Still exorcising the remaining demons from the mishap with the fence post.
The wheel replaced, the two front tires replaced and the alignment done puts this at about $1K so far.
The bearings in the front right hub are making noise at highway speeds and even though the mechanic checked it out and gave it the thumbs up, I'm sure one or more of the roller bearings in the assembly got dinged.
Fortunately, has replacement parts for my car now.*  So instead of paying the dealer five or six hundred bucks, I can do it for about $150.
That is, if I can source a replacement axle nut. For whatever reason, rockauto does not have the freaking nut. If the nut was pinned, I'd use the original nut. Unfortunately the nut is staked.

So far google-fu is failing me.**

*This is a very good thing. Last year they had very few parts for the 2012 Scion tC.  There's a brake job due in the not too distant future. (it ain't the years, it's the mileage)

** Danger Will Robinson! I keep running across after market parts. In particular upgraded sway bars keep catching my eye


  1. As long as it comes of without pealing the threads out you can reuse the axle nut, add a little blue locktite and it will be fine.

    When you do it make sure to torque it to the proper specs, usually somewhere between scary tight and I don't weigh enough to get it that far.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, I truly appreciate it.
    I'm good to go on the torque spec and I've got a torque wrench that will momentarily stop the rotation of the earth.
    The staked nut is one of those things I have concern about fubar'ing.
    And, much to my chagrin, I definitely weigh enough to get it there ;-).

  3. For me it was dammit no impact wrench for the power steering pump on the van. First time I've seen a bolt on wheel on a power steering pump.
    Of course thus is after I get it off. Then I find honda has a bulletin on it. Fingers crossed they pay for it.

    Did I mention how much I hate putting serpentine belts on?


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