How to Rebuild and Clean a Warn Hub Assembly
Maintaining your hub service kit is important. This will protect your investment and save you from premature wear and tear caused by negligence of keeping them in good condition and other external factors like corrosion. Getting a hub service kit will be very helpful to you when the need arises, aside from the fact that you won't be buying the parts individually. Your stock wheel hub needs periodic maintenance so you can clean and check if there are parts that needs. What if your warn hub already needs cleaning? Here's how you can rebuild and clean your warn hub assembly.
Things you'll need:
- Allen wrench
- Rubber gloves
- Old newspaper or mat
- Wheel bearing grease
- Spring clip pliers
- Lacquer thinner
- Old toothbrush
- Steel wool
- Abrasive cleaning pad
Step 1: Gather all the hubs that need to be cleaned and rebuild, and prepare all the tools and materials needed. You need to place the dirty hubs on top of an old newspaper so that the grease won't spread and clutter.
Step 2: Use your Allen wrench to remove the six screws located at the top of the hub. You will now be able to remove the hub dial and the locking mechanism from the hub's body.
Step 3:Wipe off the grease and grime from the hubs to help you unthread the locking mechanism.
Step 4:Use a spring clip pliers to carefully remove the spring clip ring that holds the hub's dial in place. You also need to remove the clip (at the bottom) that holds the adapter piece in place. Place them in a container or set them aside so you won't misplace them.
Step 5: Gently remove the gasket paper out of the hub casing, then remove the rubber o-rings from the hub dial as well.
Step 6: Wash the parts of the hub using a lacquer thinner. Use an old toothbrush, steel wool, and abrasive cleaning pad to remove the rust and all the other dirts.
Step 7:Reassemble the top half of the hub.First, put the o-rings at the back of the dial, then put the dial on the housing ring. Put back the washers before the spring clip. You can now thread the locking mechanism on.
Step 8: To reassemble the bottom half, you need to carefully insert the adapter piece correctly.
Step 9: Put the spring clip and the washer at the bottom of the adapter to secure it in place.
Step 10: Carefully detach the halves of the hub, then lightly coat them with a wheel bearing grease.
Step 11: Attach the halves together with a gasket paper in between the casing parts.
Step 12: Tighten the six screws.
Step 13: Test out thelock by setting the dial to lock, then see if you will be able to move the adapter.
Step 14: Clean all the clutter, and tidy up your working area.
Step 15: You may now use the hubs.
Cleaning the parts of the hubs is not a difficult thing to do. It will only take you an hour or less to finish rebuilding and cleaning them.