Did I mess up, do I have to tear the front end back down?
To explain. A simple front end brake job turned into, brake job, ball joints, axle seals, tie rod ends, pitman arm, and powersteering line replacement.
I was re-assembling the passenger side hub, and I accidently put the little plastic disc on the exterior side of the hub bearing, instead of between the bearing and the main axle seal. I didn't realize it until I went over to the driver's side and tore down that side and noticed the disc wasnt on the outside of the hub.
Anyway, I know the axle shaft will be slightly pushed out because of the disc and there being more stuff there than it needs to be, possibly putting the bearing surfaces out of alignment with the bearings themselves.
The question is, can I do without that little plastic disc temporarily or even permanently because I really do not want to tear down the pass. side of the truck, especially tonight. I want to say I can do without it, but I am not sure, any techs know for sure?
The reason I want to know is, the first bad storm system of the season is coming through tomorrow and I have a tree that fell against another tree and that tree is what is holding that tree from hitting my truck. I do not want that truck there with that tree when the wind kicks up.
As it stands, I can have it together and driving in under an hour, or three hours if i take the passenger side back apart. If I can do without the disc.. it will take 10~ minutes cause all I gotta do is pull the locking hub off, pull a snap ring, and pull the three washers out, and remove the offending disc. Without removing the tire.
Thanks a Ton, Brian