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Joined: 01 May 2012
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Location: Rochester NY

PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:23 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Not to parrot Gary too much, but...

I've definitely used a punch/ chisel/ screwdriver and a hammer to break those free on the trail without having a proper socket at hand. it can be done!

Ditto on cleaning off shoes too. gasoline or paint thinner or turpentine should be able to get the grease out and do a final cleanup with Dawn.
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Location: San Antonio,texas

PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have done the same thing with a punch on my 13" duramax axle nut.I could not find the right prong socket to fit the nut at any of the auto parts  stores including napa so I just used the punch to loosen and tighten.

As far as re-using oily brake shoes from bad seals,I have done it many times as well but instead of gas I used brake cleaner and then sanded down till the surface looked clean.
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Location: Stantonville Tn

PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2017 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did use a punch and hammer to take the nuts off. But would have been nice to had a socket to seat the new bearing with. But at the rate I'm going  the trailer is not going to be used. LOL Got all the brake pad's, then got back to the brake job today. 2 bad magnets. And being these are the old style axles. Stamped backing plates, so most parts are no longer the same. They show new type magnets. But mine has a hole off the side of the round part. That holds the magnet in place. The one ones are the cross hole type will try to find out tomorrow. If I have to buy a new arm too use the new style magnets. No where have I seen that listed. But being the new type uses a flat bar type. And mine has 2 round studs. Figure I will just make up new pars weld them on and be done with it.
Almost retrofired the trailer with all new backing plates. And if I had to do it again. That 2 hour job would have been done.

OOOh well I have 1200 tons of limestone base to haul. As as soon as I get it  back on the road. That will take a few days for sure. around 100 loads. And can get 6 or so loads per day. And every time I turn around I have people asking if I can haul mulch or gravel for them. A big Dump trailer may turn into a full time job. And not long hauls.

2005 Chevy Kodiak C5500 5.9 cummins 6 speed Allison Trans.
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