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Old 08-28-2009, 07:34 PM
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Axle nut tool question

The axle nut on my 96 Suzuki Sidekick is tightened/loosened with the tool linked below. The specific tool is $70 on Ebay. I hate to spend that much on a tool with a single purpose. Anyone know of a generic tool that would accomplish the job? What would a tool like this be called?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/89-98-Geo-Tracker-spindle-axle-nut-tool-suzuki-sidekick_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem2ea72382dcQQitemZ200372617948QQptZMoto rsQ5fAutomotiveQ5fTools
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:57 PM
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Looks like a pretty specialized tool.....I'd not mess around with stuff that might not work (or damage it)....
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:47 PM
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A little research on a Suzuki forum revealed that the axle nut requires 170 ft lbs of torque. Looks like I wont to either removing or installing that nut without the proper tool.
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Can you rent it from a place like Autozone?
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:04 PM
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Spanner ? http://www.suzuki-forums.com/suzuki-sidekick-escudo-vitara-geo-tracker/23055-spanner-wrench.html
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:22 PM
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Thanks. I had just looked at those threads. I ordered the one on ebay since the nut requires such torque. I had the bearings replaced at a local shop because I don't have a press and when I got it back there was too much play in the wheel. I'm pretty sure they didn't realize that axle nut has to be torqued to 170 ft lbs. I disassembled the hubs and can move the nut with my fingers. I suspect they thought it was tightened as if it had tapered roller bearings. Not so.
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