I was driving today and one of the disc brake dust shields fell off the car. I knew they were rusty but geez.
Looking at the manual, it seems insanely involved to replace something so simple. They seem to want you to take off the entire steering knuckle. I wanted to check with you guys to see what's really required.
Here's what I'm hoping I can do:
1) Remove tire / axle lock nut / dust cap / cotter pin, etc.
2) Remove the disc brake caliper & rotor.
3) Pull out the axle hub. How, I don't know. It should just be a press fit at this point. 3-point puller with jaws around axle hub and center on the axle?
4) Unbolt dust covers (what's left of them), and remove.
5) Install new dust covers.
6) Put axle hub back in. Tap in with rubber mallet. Grease?
7) Reinstall brake hardware.
8) Use axle lock nut to tighten everything back together. 137 ft/lbs.
* Is this possible? If so, how would you pull the axle hub and reinstall it? What tool would you use?
* Do I need to replace either the outside oil seal or axle hub?
* If I need to get a new axle hub, does that mean I need a new bearing too? (In which case the knuckle's coming off.)
Here's what the parts look like (no ABS on my car).