Re: spindle nut not threading back on!
Well, I got it back in. I think you're right about heating and disforming the threads on the spindle....especially at the end, they were obviously deformed. I spent about a 1/2 hour with a fine file and reshaped the threads a little, cleaned them out a little, and with a new spindle nut was able to get it back on there. I was also wondering if the end of the spindle gets deformed by using the hub extractor (the clamp that goes on the lugs, and then pulls the hub off the spindle by screwing in against the spindle).....When I pulled the hub out, it was VERY difficult to do, and had to apply a lot of pressure via that screw. It certainly bored the little divit at the end of the spindle out a little more than it was originally. Could that possibly have "ballooned" the end of the spindle enough to cause difficulties in getting the nut back on there? Just wondering, because I still have the passenger side to do:) Anyway, thanks for the thoughts and advice. I'll be back if I run into other problems on the other side.
As a quick side question, how are you supposed to get that forward mounting bolt for the lower control arm out??? There's a sub-frame in the way, and I tried lifting the engine a little to give enough clearance and couldn't do it. I ended up having to saw through the bolt and get a new one, which I installed upside down since I couldn't get the clearance to put it in as the original was in. I think the passenger side is similar, but I should be able to have enough room to pull that out. Really not looking forward to cutting through any more bolts...