US 9,808,920 B2
Tool and method for removing a wheel hub assembly
Kevin Rich, Columbus, IN (US); Robert Kochie, Dodge Center, MN (US); Robert Jensen, Clarks Grove, MN (US); and Dennis Hanson, Medford, MN (US)
Assigned to Bosch Automotive Service Solutions Inc., Warren, MI (US); and Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart (DE)
Filed by Bosch Automotive Service Solutions LLC, Warren, MI (US); and Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart (DE)
Filed on Feb. 13, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/621,809.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/939,902, filed on Feb. 14, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0231774 A1, Aug. 20, 2015
Int. Cl. F16D 3/40 (2006.01); B25B 27/00 (2006.01)
CPC B25B 27/0035 (2013.01) [F16D 3/405 (2013.01); Y10T 29/49822 (2015.01); Y10T 29/53983 (2015.01)] 13 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A hub removal tool for removing a wheel hub of a vehicle having a knuckle hub and U-joint assembly between the wheel hub and a drive axle housing, and a ball joint connection between the knuckle hub and the drive axle housing, the tool comprising:
an elongated support plate defining a bore therethrough sized to seat the support plate on the ball joint connection;
a pair of elongated arms fastened directly at one end thereof to opposite ends of said elongated plate and sized so that the opposite ends of said arms are positioned in alignment with the space between opposing surfaces of the drive axle housing and the U-joint assembly; and
a pair of L-shaped blocks, one each fastened directly at the opposite end of a corresponding one of said pair of arms and arranged to be disposed within the space between opposing surfaces, each block defining opposite contact surfaces for directly contacting corresponding ones of said opposing surfaces of the drive axle housing and the U-joint assembly when the vehicle steering is operated to rotate the wheel hub about the ball joint connection.