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Username Post: Wheel won't turn with hub torqued to spec        (Topic#364427)
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02-22-21 03:54 PM - Post#2814899    

Finally got the brake system replaced on my '50 Fleetline, was so happy to have one step done towards getting this thing running. Following the manual, I repacked the bearings and torqued the hubs to 33lbs on both front wheels. Driver side wheel won't turn, right side does. Drum will turn before torqueing, so I am sure it isn't the brakes. Bearings and Races look good. Bearings turn by hand when not in the hub. Both sides put together the same. Any thoughts? What could I have done wrong? Would it be OK to not tighten so tight?


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02-22-21 04:08 PM - Post#2814901    
    In response to dtreat

Ball bearings or tapered roller bearings?

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02-22-21 04:47 PM - Post#2814905    
    In response to dtreat


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02-22-21 05:24 PM - Post#2814907    
    In response to drtyler

ball bearings.

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02-22-21 08:36 PM - Post#2814915    
    In response to dtreat

The nut is supposed to be backed off a certain distance after torquing...according to shop manual.

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02-23-21 03:16 AM - Post#2814922    
    In response to RAM_51

Are you using a cheap Chinese torque wrench? If yes, borrow a different one.

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02-23-21 06:34 AM - Post#2814934    
    In response to RAM_51

According to the shop manual linked above, the proper torque, then back off 1/4 turn.

If you leave it too tight, it will grind your bearings to nothing pretty quick. Too loose, same result. Ball bearings aren't very forgiving.

My dad always taught me to tighten the nut until it wouldn't turn. This seats new races in the bore, and sets bearings on the shaft. Then back it off until it turns. This usually happened to be about 1/4 turn. Funny how the shop manual seems to be right on these things. lol.


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02-23-21 04:53 PM - Post#2814963    
    In response to beagrizzly

A little more troubleshooting. If I put on the hub and just push it all the way on, it won't turn. Don't even need to put the nut on. So, getting stuck on something. Brakes all the way in, same thing. Brake pads off the car (I didn't want to have to put that spring back on again), same thing. New wheel cylinders... hmmm. Turns out the little nib on the top that the adjustment spring/holder is attached to is rubbing on the hub when all the way on. I am 99% sure that is what it is. I used some chalk on it, put hub on and it rubs the chalk off. Repeated on other side, does not do the same thing.
I'm thinking of filing down that nub a tiny bit and seeing what happens. Will probably unbolt and rebolt the cylinder first.
Anyone else seen this problem?

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02-24-21 04:45 AM - Post#2814984    
    In response to dtreat

Have the drums been turned? If you have new shoes and unturned drums maybe the new shoes are dragging on a lip in the drum.

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02-25-21 05:26 PM - Post#2815091    
    In response to lobucrod

Thanks all.
It was indeed the new wheel cylinder. Had to file down the very top of it. Now the hub spins like a top when torqued 33 and packed off as the manual says.

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02-25-21 08:05 PM - Post#2815103    
    In response to dtreat

Just out of curiosity, what brand are the wheel cylinders?

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02-26-21 05:25 AM - Post#2815113    
    In response to rrausch

assuming from China. I already threw out the boxed they came in. Got them here:


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