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Topic: Freightliner Rear Axle Hubcap Removal

Posted By: tomkat4725 on 01/18/17 09:37am

I'm New to Freightliner Chassis. How do you remove the chrome plated rear axle cover?
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Posted By: DrewE on 01/18/17 09:43am

That looks to me like a "wheel simulator." Generally they're held on with two of the things that look like lug nuts (the others being fakes attached to the cover). These two real nuts are generally marked with a little dimple or something on the top, but I find it just as easy to tell which is which by gently rapping them with the ratchet handle and listening to the plink sound; there's a distinctive difference in tone between the fakes and the real ones.

I could be entirely wrong about the setup, too.

Edit: I am entirely wrong about this setup.

* This post was edited 01/18/17 06:13pm by DrewE *






Posted By: cbeierl on 01/18/17 09:44am

Take a look at this thread over on iRV2.com: Freightliner Rear Axle Hub Caps

Note that the driver's side hub nut is liable to be left hand thread.


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Posted By: Ivylog on 01/18/17 09:53am

Normally you have to take half of the lug nuts offf. You should be able to see which ones have the cover under the nut.


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Posted By: Ernest on 01/18/17 10:00am

tomkat4725 wrote:

I'm New to Freightliner Chassis. How do you remove the chrome plated rear axle cover?
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Have the exact same setup on mine. At the minimum you need a large pair of adjustable pliers. I made a template out of wood and had a metal shop make a duplicate out of aluminum.


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Posted By: tomkat4725 on 01/18/17 10:04am

cbeierl, I think you have the info I need, Thanks


Posted By: FIRE UP on 01/18/17 10:19am

Chris's answer is CORRECT! Those are NOT WHEEL SIMULATORS! Those are Accuride 8.25" x 22.5" Alloy wheels. The center cone is held on by that end hexagonal cap. That center hexagonal cab UNSCREWS. Not only that but, it unscrews to the left (normal) for the passengers side and it unscrews the RIGHT on the drivers side. You can use large pliers on it but, you run the risk and are just about guaranteed to do damage to it when using that method. So, a cheap (about $8 or $9 dollar Freightliner cap removal tool is what's needed and kept in the coach for immediate use if and when a tire change is needed on the road.
Scott

P.S. In the picture below, you'll see the large, plastic tool, mounted on the face of the tray that holds all the liquids/sprays etc. That tool is invaluable for that specific purpose.

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Posted By: Mile High on 01/18/17 11:19am

Scott,
Is that red plier that looks like it grabs nut caps for the front?


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Posted By: DSDP Don on 01/18/17 11:47am

Keep in mind, one side turns clockwise and one side is counterclockwise. That big black wrench should be somewhere in your coach, unless a previous owner kept it. They come with that wrench from the factory.


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Posted By: FIRE UP on 01/18/17 02:02pm

"Scott,
Is that red plier that looks like it grabs nut caps for the front"

That is a soft-plastic-coated, lug nut CAP puller. And it is used on all the lug nuts, front and rear for removing the caps before any sockets are applied.
Scott

"That big black wrench should be somewhere in your coach, unless a previous owner kept it. They come with that wrench from the factory."

Don,
Well Sir, our coach didn't come with one and, I've spoken to and camped with, multiple Winnebago and Itasca owners that not only didn't get one with their coach but, were completely unaware of it's existence. Some had "pliers" marks on their rear hexagonal cap due to the fact that they had absolutely no idea these cap removal tools existed.
Scott


Posted By: Jim Norman on 01/18/17 02:07pm

Interesting, I need to look for that wrench. Learning, learning every day.

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Posted By: tomkat4725 on 01/18/17 04:46pm

That big black wrench that FIRE UP shows in his photo is what I need. Thanks


Posted By: PCarnathan on 01/18/17 05:06pm

Do you have $14? Here it is...

Hubcap Wrench

As the second owner of the coach I was unable to find where the original owner hid the wrench.

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Posted By: down home on 01/18/17 11:11pm

Mine is misplaced. Available from Freightliner.
It looks like large wrench which it is. Ours was made of a fiber reinforced polymer I think.
It holds the cap on. Reverse rotation on side right side I think. it indictes on the wrench.
Pliers or other tools tear up the center cap. Inside there is amount secured to opposing lug nuts I think. The end that holds the cap is a threaded bolt. I always put some anti seize on it so weather wont corrode, if it gets to it, just a trace will do.
I've only had them pulled off once since we bought it to replace rear tires.
The center caps are available from Freightliner, if yours is messed up from pliers etc. They are sort a high for such a small piece.


Posted By: Belgique on 01/19/17 06:19am

Thanks for this thread! New to us 40XC and could not figure this out. Used to F53 with the 2 "nuts" that had a line on them to indicate that they were the ones to unscrew.

Are the front wheels different? Both of mine are missing but will be at Gaffney in a few weeks.


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Posted By: Belgique on 01/19/17 06:21am

BTW, Fireup your basement storage is disgusting :-). You make me hang my head in shame. Nice job.


Posted By: FIRE UP on 01/19/17 10:39am

Do you have $14? Here it is...
Hubcap Wrench
As the second owner of the coach I was unable to find where the original owner hid the wrench.
Pat in Menifee, CA

Thanks PCarnathan,
I looked all over the place on the net in both ebay and Amazon to find that wrench so I could post it and help the OP but, couldn't find it 'cause I didn't know what the terminology was to type in.
Scott


Posted By: Belgique on 01/19/17 06:19am

Thanks for this thread! New to us 40XC and could not figure this out. Used to F53 with the 2 "nuts" that had a line on them to indicate that they were the ones to unscrew.

Are the front wheels different? Both of mine are missing but will be at Gaffney in a few weeks.

Sound's and reads kind-a funny the way you wrote it. "Both of mine are missing", what's missing, BOTH WHEELS? Chuckle...
If your wheels are the Alcoa or, Accuride alloys, no, there's no two "Marked" lug nuts that hold a wheel simulator on 'cause, there's no simulator. Your wheels are held on with 10 lug nuts that are torqued to 450 lbs.each.

Scott

Posted By: Belgique on 01/19/17 06:21am

BTW, Fireup your basement storage is disgusting :-). You make me hang my head in shame. Nice job

Thank you Sir,
It's kind-of a hobby. It's not an "OCD" thing. It's more of a "just like things organized" thing so that, when I need something, I know where it is so I don't have to look for hours knowing I have it, just don't know where it is.
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Posted By: DSDP Don on 01/19/17 12:59pm

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