I just removed my rear hubs to check the state of the bearings, and regrease them for another year.
I could not get the axle housing caps off. Is there an easy way to remove them or should I just rip them out and install new ones? Maybe I need to go with the newer style.
I also noticed that the hubs have a groove in them like the wooden wheel hubs. Should I have a felt between the hub and the axle housing cap?
I also noticed that you cannot tighten the axle nut on the axle like you do the wooden hub. There is nothing to stop the wheel from turning as you tighten the nut, except pulling back the emergency brake. Tightening the brake also makes it harder to install the hub. Sort of a catch 22 situation. The wheel is installed after the hub is installed.
I am looking for advice. Thank you.
Run a lug nut on a stud to protect the threads, and put a long bar across the hub under the nut to stop rotation. Also, I used a slide hammer with a flat broad hook to remove the seal.
I use a slide hammer that has an "L" shaped bracket that I put a curve in to match the diameter of the housing.
I like the newer grease seals. Easy to take off and install if desired without trashing it. Also does a better job of keeping grease off the parking brakes if you do happen to put a little too much in there.