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    spindle nut 1990 brougham

    Hey guys,

    I am changing out the rotors and brakes on my 90 Brougham. I do not have the right size socket for it. I'll have to go get one tomorrow. In the meantime, could anyone give me any advice for this job? What potential pitfalls can I fall into? I know it's a simple brake job, but the last time I tried this I unknowingly busted a line and ran into a tree. (The calipers are now hanging from some wire and a zip tie.) So I have shied away from brakes until now.
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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    Where are you located and where was the car originally from???? I ask this because on any northern car of this age, the brake lines are usually corroded and in need of replacement.

    One pitfall is that on the front calipers the slider pins can become siezed, requiring a big torch to get them loose. Always grease these pins when you do a brake job, using the proper high temp grease(there is specific grease for this at your auto parts store, don't use wheel bearing grease).

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    I'm in NJ, the cars been a NJ car its whole life. Luckily, the previous owner put steel reinforced lines in and replaced the master cylinder. But breaking that spindle nut is a bitch. I cannot find the right socket for it. I'vce been to the store twice and failed to get the right socket.

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    You don't use a socket, you use a crescent wrench or big slip joint pliers. It won't be tight.

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    Steel reinforced lines? Brake line is steel.

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    Probably the spiral armour coated stuff.

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    I wish I knew that! I had no idea it was as simple as a set of pliers. I mistook the axle sockets for what I needed, since the nut was too big for a 1 inch socket, and I thought I was going to need a breaker bar for it. I probably wasted an entire day altogether stressing over it.

    Is there an easy way to get the bearing assembly out, before I waste another hour?
    *thanks guys for all the help so far. Best forum on the internet.

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    Bearing assembly? They're taper bearings and replaceable races. Races can be removed with a punch, and new ones seated with an appropriate sized socket. New rotors come with new races installed.

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    I am looking at my new rotor and there is no setup in there it is just an empty hole. The factory manual refers to the piece I mean as the "bearing assembly and outer cone"

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    New bearings will come with the "seat", you can use those ones if your new rotors don't have them. Do you know how to pack the bearings with grease? BTW is Johnny Kaka your real name?

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    I'm afraid I don't know how to pack the bearings. It looks like there is another bearing setup behind the rotor as well, but there was a rubber lip on the old rotor, keeping it in. What is the name of this so I can replace it?
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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    Here is a video on how to do your bearings. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BBwu2c1rLA

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    There is an inner and outer bearing. Most bearings come with new races, some don't (stupid, since you do both together). The seals usually have to be purchased separately.

    The seat is pressed in first, then the bearing is put in place, and then the seal is pressed in.

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    Please... if this is your first time doing this, you really need someone to come over and help you. If you don't what the parts are, where they go, how to install them, you can easily damage your car. Improper bearing packing or preload will ruin the spindle. Brakes are easy to do, IF you know all the tricks to do them properly.

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    Re: spindle nut 1990 brougham

    The problem that I have, is I don't trust any mechanics, I can't afford one, and I don't know anyone that would help me. I would've had this done yesterday if I had help, but I don't have anyone to help me right now. The car could be off the ground all week once I go back to work.

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    I meant mechanics in my area, not the good folks on these boards.

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