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    Default Rear hub nut size?

    Me and my wife just moved down to VA from PA, and I left most of my tools at my dads house. I was going to change my rear brakes on my 01 focus SE and need to know what size the HUB NUT is. Help would be great.

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    you don't need to pull the hub nut to do the rear brakes. You can just un-do the 4 bolts on the back and the whole spindle, bearing, and drum will come off. It's really a lot easier to do it this way if you're doing just the shoes and not replacing the whole drum.

    This page shows the rear brake disassembly in quite a bit of detail:

    http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=48

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    you don't need to pull the hub nut to do the rear brakes. You can just un-do the 4 bolts on the back and the whole spindle, bearing, and drum will come off. It's really a lot easier to do it this way if you're doing just the shoes and not replacing the whole drum.

    This page shows the rear brake disassembly in quite a bit of detail:

    http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=48

    Okay so I've messed up now. I looked for info after I did it. Could have saved some time and done it correctly but now I have to fix what I may have done.

    I've already removed the rear axle nuts and inspected my brakes. I'm going to have to get some brake shoes but it's okay for a few more miles.

    What's the correct torque for the axle nut and should I replace them. I had no problem with them. I just didn't know about the removable spindle. I'm just doing slow local driving for the rest of the week but I have to get on the highway again Friday.

    Is removing the spindle really the Ford recommended procedure?

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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    you don't need to pull the hub nut to do the rear brakes. You can just un-do the 4 bolts on the back and the whole spindle, bearing, and drum will come off. It's really a lot easier to do it this way if you're doing just the shoes and not replacing the whole drum.

    This page shows the rear brake disassembly in quite a bit of detail:

    http://www.focushacks.com/index.php?modid=48

    Okay so I've messed up now. I looked for info after I did it. Could have saved some time and done it correctly but now I have to fix what I may have done.

    I've already removed the rear axle nuts and inspected my brakes. I'm going to have to get some brake shoes but it's okay for a few more miles.

    What's the correct torque for the axle nut and should I replace them. I had no problem with them. I just didn't know about the removable spindle. I'm just doing slow local driving for the rest of the week but I have to get on the highway again Friday.

    Is removing the spindle really the Ford recommended procedure?

    Louie.
    IT is in my CD-ROM service manual!

    Unfortunately I don't have it here with me, it's at work, so I don't know what the torque spec is.

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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    hub nut is 32mm and the torque spec is 173 ft/lbs

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    hub nut is 32mm and the torque spec is 173 ft/lbs

    173ft/lbs! It was no where near as tight as that when we took it off. My torque wrench won't even read that high.

    The rear bearings were serviced as part of a recall last year(or the year before) so Seguin Ford must not have tightened them very much. Either that or they loosened up by themselves. I guess I'd better look for a torque wrench and tighten them up a little more.

    The other question was are they re-usable. I have to take care of this quickly. Last Friday I had the car up to 120 mph on a twisty farm road trying out the new speed limiter.

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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    It's 29mm. I'm in the process of doing the rear brakes on my 2000 Focus SE and I tried the sockets I had. 29mm was what fit on mine. The proper procedure for removing the drums is to remove the spindle (there are 4 bolts behind the backing plate) and to disconnect the ABS wire from its connector.

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    I agree with the 29mm, that is definately the size I used to change my rear brakes. 32mm is too big.

    The rear axle nuts are only recommended to be reused 3-4 times. I replaced mine with new nuts the last time I had them off because I had already taken them off once, and I have no clue how many times the previous owner of my car had the nuts off. New nuts were $8 a piece from my local Ford dealer parts department.

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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    So the front and back are different sizes ? I just worked on my front and it is 32mm.

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    I guess that may be the case, I dont believe I have taken my front axle nuts off yet, so the fronts may be 32mm. My focus is a 2000 as well, what year is yours?

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    2001, I did the back brakes taking off the four bolts. I never touched the hub nut. * Anyone doing back brakes, take shock off. It's much easier working than working around it. I took the bottom off and should have removed the whole thing.
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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    So, the winner is 29 MM for the rear spindle nut?

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    Are we sure the torque spec is 173 ft./lbs?
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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    Just wanted to clear some things up for you:

    Front Axle Nut - 32mm
    Rear Axle Nut - 29mm

    Rear Axle Torque - 173 Lb/ft (yes, it gets cranked on).
    Front Axle Torque - I'm not sure, but it's up there too.

    Ford states that you can re-use the axle nuts a couple of times before replacing. I typically do my rear brakes by removing the axle nut. My spindle nuts (the "proper" way) are rusted and rounded so I've always gone with the axle nut for removal. I don't think I've ever re-used the nuts more than once, but I've definitely re-used them without any problem.

    Maybe it's better for the wheel bearing to remove the drum via the spindle bolts, but that seems like a bit of a stretch.
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    Default Re: Rear hub nut size?

    I am doing the rear brakes on my 2001 ZTS. I have the new brakes on and got new drums as well. The old drum looks to have a hard rubber washer on the back of the drum. The new drum does not. Do I need the hard rubber washer or just put the bare metal drum on?

    Thanks,


 
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