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Old 10-05-2012, 06:41 PM
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Hub Assembly

I don't get on the site much so I posted this under suspension earlier. Reposting here, as I need help.

I was replacing the ball joints on my 2001 F250 Platinum Edition today. I was also replacing the hub assembly while I'm into the project. As I was reassembling it I could NOT get all three thrust washers back in with the snap ring. The only way was to remove a washer then the snap ring fit snuggly.

I bought Timken hub assemblies, I even purchased the tool to install the seal for the axle. I can't figure it out. I have it over at Lackland Ai Force Base sitting in a stall waiting for me to finish it up tomorrow and then attempt/finish the passenger side.

Any clue on what I may have done that would not allow all three washers to fit back on? This is emergency for me as I need the truck working by Saturday night.

A secondary question, will any damage occur if I can't fix this issue? I don't use 4x4 but once a year. I love my truck and like doing things the right way...
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:38 PM
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Sounds like the axle is pushed in just a couple 1/16ths to far.
I'd see if you can pull (or even tap from behind the knuckle where axle is coming through) and push it back out a little.
You should have plenty of room to put all 3 washers and the snap ring back on.
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