Entry 39 – Rear Hub Removal, Axle Shafts, Brake Rotors, Rear Differential

Rear Hubs

If getting the rear hub nuts off the end of the axle shafts wasn’t hard enough, getting the rear hubs off the axle was a real killer! Fortunately, Peter Sellers, a member of the Jag-Lovers Saloon emaillist graciously lent his hub puller tool to me. I could not have done the job without it. Thankyou, Peter.

These are photos of the hub puller tool:

Hub Removal Tool

Hub Removal Tool

Hub Removal Tool

Hub Removal Tool

The puller is screwed onto the hub just as a knock-off would be. For the other side of the car one simply reverses the tool and screws the bolt in from the other side of the tool. First, I heated the axle tip with a torch for about 5 minutes. I then tightened the bolt against the axle just as tight as I could possibly manage. I then hit the bolt head with a sledge hammer as hard as possible, while still maintaining some degree of accuracy. I did this several times and then cranked down on the bolt with a large 1 1/8” wrench. This process was repeated numerous times until the hubs finally broke free. Some had warned that the hubs might release under pressure and travel across the room, but in my case, both hubs gradually came free and really did not move much at all. The hubs and rotors could then be removed from the axle half shafts along with the keys that fit in the slot on the axle shafts.

Big Wrench Required

Big Wrench Required

Rear Hub Removed

Rear Hub Removed

Rear Axle Shaft Key

Rear Axle Shaft Key

Rear Hub Axle Key

Rear Hub Axle Key

Rear Axle Key & Washer

Rear Axle Key & Washer

Rear Axle Casing

In preparation for removing the rear axle casing from the car, I loosened and removed the differential oil drain plug and the filler pug and drained the gear oil.

Differential Oil Drain

Differential Oil Drain

Differential Oil Filler

Differential Oil Filler

One Response to “Entry 39 – Rear Hub Removal, Axle Shafts, Brake Rotors, Rear Differential”

  1. Rickey Asberry says:

    Had same problem but a tool off amazon worked great not expensive. Need help on bearing

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