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Old 04-17-2013, 02:59 PM   #41
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by DIYDave View Post
As old Ed McMann used to say "You are correct, SIR!"

SO I do or do not have to pop that off? It looks like some people just turn the hub out of the way. Is that possible?
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:54 PM   #43
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No, you have to be able to swing the hub out of the way. There's no real room to do that unless you free it up by breaking it free of the swing arm. If you pop the joint where you show, it easily swings out of the way. Note that I held it in that position with a strap, and also be careful of the brake sensor, and also the headlight leveling sensor.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:08 PM   #44
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Thought I'd offer a touch of input on this thread. So I'm doing the boots on my wife's car (good lord it is a bigger PITA than I thought it would be) and I found a solution or workaround to having to push the stub through the spindle. All you need to do is remove the entire strut assembly.

It might seem like a big deal, but actually it's not. It is simply 3 nuts on top, removing the brake and other wiring from the strut housing, and the ABS sensor.

You've already removed the connection to the tie rod and the control arm, so it's not much more work. And since you are removing the stub on that end, it would keep you from having to do all sorts of acts of violence to get it out of the spindle and once that is removed, getting the new boots on is the same process- just a bit more unruly.

I'm not saying it's ideal, but it is an option if you give up like I did today.
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