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I am replacing the front wheel bearing assembly on a

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I am replacing the front wheel bearing assembly on a passenger side 2006 4runner. I could not get the rotor off. I tried everything. I just tried a puller. Now the front part of the old bearing is coming off the drive shaft.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I can help.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Have you tried spraying rust penetrating oil around the inner most part of the rotor? Then wack the rotor between the studs carefully as hard as you can. Do a star pattern when you do this. Also, sometimes rotors have screws on the face of the rotor that are flush with it. They are usually phillips head screws. This may not be the case, but you need to check

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I tried this. I did not work, but I did not smash it as hard as I can. What will happen if I keep going with the puller? The rotor is coming along for the ride.
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

You need top hit it hard! A puller might screw up your rotor

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Don't worry, you aren't going to mess it up. Unless you hit a stud!

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Don't use a regular nail driving hammer either. You need a bigger one

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

One neat little trick is to put pieces of rubber hose on the studs before hammering

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
still not working.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
can I wack it from the back? I am willing to buy another rotor
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Yeah you can if you want. Watch out for flying debris. What kind of penetration oil are you using?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
pb blaster
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Oh that's good.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

The problem you might run into is that if the bearing is coming apart, the rotor will probably never come off

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I sprayed it around the hub and studs
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Everything might come off together in one piece.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

You can spray it again and wait till morning to try again. Let the PB work into it

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Do you also have a small torch?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Anywhere else I should spray it?
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Just around the circle center where the two meet.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What will all come off If I keep using the puller?
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Sometimes heating it up will do the trick too.

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Never used a puller. But if the puller is pushing the bearing towards the car and pulling the rotor away from the car it would work

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

In other words, it is trying to separate the two

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Can you crank down on the puller and then use the hammer?

Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Maybe sneak a long metal pipe or something through the fingers of the puller and hammer it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just sprayed some blaster. I think I will try your other suggestions in the morning
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

Sounds like a good idea! I will check back with you in the morning

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I got the rotor off by putting the nut on the shaft and using the puller. Now I have removed the bearing assembly and a finely coiled round ring that is now distorted came off. I tried putting it back in the same spot I thought it came from ,but it is too distorted to fit. Do I really need it?
Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  David Gieswein replied 1 year ago.

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