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Anyone have a 69 camaro service manual, like to know what the factory specified for the torque and procedure for front wheel bearing castlelated nut and cotter pin for front disc brake application.
I've always just snugged them firmly (maybe 20-25 lb ft) and then tightened to the next slot for the cotter pin. Chilton or one of those types service manuals says 12 lbs ft then back off to the next slot for the cotter pin. Seems a bit low?
Just had a bearing start clicking after about 2500 miles (in 7 years).
 

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i've always done them by feel- tighten them up until you feel resistance, then turn the nut until you can get a cotter pin thru.
the loosen up a little bit when the bearing get broken in.
my grandpa- a mechanic for 50 years- taught me how to do this.
i've never had wheel bearing problems- and i drive my junk a LOT.
 

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i've always done them by feel- tighten them up until you feel resistance, then turn the nut until you can get a cotter pin thru.
they loosen up a little bit when the bearing gets broken in.
my grandpa- a mechanic for 50 years- taught me how to do this.
i've never had wheel bearing problems- and i drive my junk a LOT.

That's what I've always done. Seat them real good first, then back off as little as possible until the cotter-pin holes line up.
 

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Well I inspected both inner and outer front wheel bearings on both front wheels and found the inner left race loose on the clicking front left wheel so figured, ah-ha, thats the problem causing the clicking. So I punched it out and pressed/puched in a new inner race but, after installed, it was also loose. So I bought 2 new front spindle/hub assemblies, just to keep them matched, and figured problem cured. Went out for a test drive and front left wheel still clicked when I pulled the steering wheel to the right???
Decided to swap front wheels between left and right to see if maybe it was the rim/tire assy, and after pulling off the left wheel and close inspection found my 40 year old 15x7 rally wheel "CRACKED!!!!"' , that's a first.
Chalk one up for experience, who would of thought? just thought I'd pass it on!!
Never saw that before.
oh well!!
 
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