Drive shaft nuts, the ones which are handed should they be reused? There is no signs of abnormal wear etc, but they are a heavy version of a nyloc? So I'm wondering if they should be replaced.
To be honest, at your car's age and mileage I'd have pulled the driveshafts with the nuts in place.
Having said that, if you've removed them then I would say fit new ones. They're probably OK but they're a bit critical........
think I missed that option. Pulling the ears off the dedion right? that would have allowed the drive shaft nuts to stay in place?
Ahh well, will order them, £15 each isn't going to break the bank, and as you say they are a bit critical.
Yes, that's right. As long as you don't need the disc off and you can be sure the bearings.are OK it's a good method.
But as you say, they're not too expensive.
I made some good progress this evening. The offside driveshaft is now out, along with the ear and the brake assembly which I removed from the dedion as one piece. The driveshaft looks unmarked and in good condition, as do the bearing on the ear.
The one thing I can't figure out is how to disconnect the handbrake cable from the brake assembly. It's probably super simple, but I just couldn't unclip the rectangular eyelet from the hook on the brake. Could someone point me in the in right direction please.
Have you slacken the cables of fully?
yes, the brake assembly is free from the car itself, so I can move it towards the diff hanger releasing the tension etc.
You'll need enough slack to pull the cable out of its housing on the caliper, then rotate the eyelet through 180 deg to free it from the clip.
Normally, you'd do this by unwinding the big white knurled adjustment nut where the cable disappears into the tunnel.
Still take a good pull on the eye of the cable as I remember it. Don't be afraid to lean on it.
hmm, I guess I'm being too light, probably a bit more force is needed.
I Will be spending the entire day on it tomorrow, will give it another go.