Spindle nut removal....?

G_94_T

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Im in the process of upgrading my front brakes to '03 GT PBR calipers.Since i have the stang in the air and the front tore apart i was going to go ahead and re-grease the wheel bearings but i've hit a snag.There seems to be some sort of metal "shroud" around the spindle nut.Does this come off with the nut or am i suppose bend the tabs back on it for some reason?.....Any help would be greatly appreciated.......thanks..........
 

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Are talking about the metal dust cap? Just pop it off with a flat head. I think this is what you're talking about. I haven't taken my wheels off in awhile so I can't remember exactly but it SHOULD just pop off.
 

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no,i took the dust cap off and the spindle nut itself has like a sheetmetal "cover" on it........am i suppose to take that off....i assume its some sort of device to keep the nut from backing off because there is no cotter pin....
 

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as you can see in the pic,ive bent 2 of the tabs back trying ti figure the purpose...but anywat...........

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come on,surely someone has had to have changed a wheel bearing something
 

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If there is no cotter pin the metal shroud around the nut is a keeper. If you bend it out you should replace because the bending back and forth will weaken it. SAFETY first im sure you dont want your front wheel to fall off.

BRAD
 

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I wouldn't do that. Use the keeper its there for a reason. Red Loctite will let it go on but you'll NEVER get it off. The reason the keeper is there is to obviously keep that nut from backing off b/c it shouldn't have a very high torque setting on it. If its too tight, it will over preload the bearings and they'll fail early. I would fuck around with loctiting it. If the factory put that on there, I'm pretty sure they knew what they were doing.
 

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i found out its all one piece.....and it torques to 258ft.lbs.
 

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yea its all one piece and u cant regrease them they are sealed up.... all u can do is just take them off and put a new one on... by the way dont mess them up cause they cost a nice penny for them i remember paying around 140 per side...
 

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