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Come along as I show you the process of removing a snapped off speed sensor in the rear of a GMC Sierra. I pull out a few classic moves to get the job done 😏
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And folks working on a 2009 GMC it's the 1500. it's the Sierra It's got the big five three and the guy needs left wheel speed sensor so we're gonna do that for him. She's pretty rotted so we'll see what happens. light here. First thing we'll do is unplug it, which it is right up the top here. So I put the light there so nobody can see, but it's right here. You'll see where the little guy plugs in. Hopefully give her a little reach around here. unplug it from the harness, move that baby down. Then it has a comfort here on the frame. Now we can see. Let me get a screwdriver slash side. Cutters Now the plugger here should have had a little Christmas tree on the end of it, but it was already unhooked so it clicks in up the top here. right here on the very top of the frame. So I'm going to use my side Cutters and just poke at it. We're gonna take and get this one out of here. Maybe it's gonna be pretty low rusted. Come on baby. look at that sucker to pull down. it's just gonna break off. but it didn't The whole thing came out so that's good. and then the one up in the frame. we're gonna go ahead. a long pair of side Cutters to get the correct angle. gotta have the right angle the dangle to get that one out. We'll just leave that alone. For right now, there's another one down here in the back of the axle and oh boy, she's looking gross down here. Monday Morning's in the soft belt? There's that. Everything's pretty well rotted on this truck. She is old 09 old. That's pretty old for here. What's that? 13 years old or so to over 13. pretty much it for a Chevrolet in this part of the world. All right. So now we are faced with the task of removing the bolts. It looks pretty well, pretty well. Punk Let's see here, let me get some good light for everybody. If there's anything metal left to hang on, there we go. I'm gonna poke at it what we have our hand here. Maybe we'll just disintegrate I do have a new bolt coming for it she was supposed to be bringing to us today. I Tell you what. let's um, let's get the old air hammer. Let's rattle around here a little bit. Get rid of some of the needle or the scale here with the needle scaler. Then we'll rattle on the bolt a little, see if we can't loosen it up. I Don't imagine it'll be that tight to get her to come loose and great foreign years. Oh yeah, might actually be able to beat a Torx in there. Maybe Um yeah, let's try that. I've got some of those rbrt sockets or bits. see if we can't just beat one in there and then get it Loose that way I wonder what size it was originally? there's a 25 I don't know that seemed to go in there way too nice. We'll give it just a little bit of a push here with a socket. foreign. So let's jump up to the old classic T27. We'll see if we can't give it a little love tap. persuade it in there a little bit. Oh, we hit bottom. I Don't think these things have any Loctite item I could be wrong. Look at that foreign. Just like we knew what we were doing. Got it? Didn't even need a new? Bolt Yeah, we do. These rbrts work good for taking stuff out but not putting it in. it does have Loctite on it. It's like a little bit of pink stuff or something there, some of that low strength mmm sounds like gear oil. Now that we've overcome that hurdle, we've and overcome our next one which I think is just going to be stuck in there. Look at that sun, we're gonna just move. Did you just move on me little fella? Today is my lucky day. Maybe Let me go get a little screwdriver. We might be able to slide that thing right out. Give her a little shot of the WD WD I Had a guy flip out on me in the comment section for using WD-40 on something because apparently it is only a water displacer. I'm an idiot. Whatever. Here's a Ding Dong home watching YouTube videos. let's see here. Come on baby. See if we can't get behind this sucker, give it a little bit of out pressure while we're wiggling it. Foreign. There's an o-ring in there is what we're trying to overcome without snapping. It Off So I'm trying to hold a little pressure out on it while I twist it, you can't really get a hold of it very well. I wonder if I got one below it and above? it? Would be really nice if this came out in one piece and we didn't have to drill it. Usually got drill these little suckers out trying to give it the classic. Wiggler The Double Twister got all kinds of moves we can pull out here. Oh I think it's gone foreign. Give it the old double twister. Pulling out some classic moves here. The Devil's Mister Oh, you know what? You're familiar. That's one of your best notes. I Don't want to brag what's up? You need me? All right? stand by it folks. Tap her back in. sometimes that works if it can get in there and just kind of work them in and out a little bit. like I say if we can overcome the O-ring we'll be home free. Oh I think it just broke? Yes sir. All right. Well, we're right. We're right to where I expected to be anyways. so we snapped it off. Oh boy. Now what? Well now now we just drill it out I guess So let's try this. We're going to go right. kind of in the middle 130 yet somewhat of a hole there. and then we're going to go by the edge and we're gonna go by the other. Edge I Can't tell you the left side and the right side because it's circular. People go crazy when I do that. When I start talking about the top and bottom corners of the circle, all the engineers come out. So what I'm trying to do is give a little bit of relief. Okay to the O-ring probably won't work. We're gonna bring out the classic slide hammer, see if we can't screw it in there and get a bite on it. Sometimes you get lucky doing them like this. Good little bite on it and give her a little. Give her a little what's up, hey girl, what's up? Look at that boom and by drilling on the edge, it was my hope and my dream that it would relief that O-ring a little bit. Which it did because you got to be careful if you go all crazy and start drilling straight through it. Um, you could drill through and damage the axle because I think this one does. This one have a metal tone ring or a magnet. Some of these are magnetic I thought oh this one's metal. You can go. just go willy-nilly Less of a chance of breaking that one, but if you can avoid it, avoid it. Okay, so there's that. That's out. It's done. Shows over. Enjoy the rest your day, folks. You want to get yourself a valve stun with a cap going deep. Unscrew the cap that's going to plug the hole for you. You don't tell anybody that trick. That's why I don't mean taught me back in the day. Back and forth tires even had tubes. There's that one. She's clean. Now the top edge of that hole above the O-ring always has a little lip on it and you gotta come in here and say man, clean that lip. There we go. Just like that, sounds like an airplane wind drop. Like a sue. There we go. Yeah boy, that's all good. let's get some brake parts cleaner. Dum dum. That's gonna save me some editing right there, boys. Give this a little two. I Think we're good now. grab your bow nozzle using the Venturi effect. We shouldn't even have to take that cap out a little bit. Let's try it. Ready One Two Three Go One Two Three. Go Boom. Just like that, it goes flying out of there. Huh? I'll say I didn't teach you anything man. Two tricks in one day. Two tricks in one day. Okay, what's next? So once that's cleaned off, I'm just going to grab a little bit of axle grease or grease out of the grease gun. we'll call it. We smear it around, get a little bit everywhere. It's not like this thing's ever going to come out again. Let's be honest, it is an 0-9 Got the part here right from: Chevy Uh, there's your part number if you guys can see it somewhere is on the bag there. perhaps Classic 209 or 38121 all the way from Mexico it says so you know it's a genuine Chevrolet America After High Baseball in Mexico It's pretty close to the U.S under the tape I think that's where these trucks are made Anyways, if I remember correctly Mexico or Canada Oh, slide that little guy right in there. We're going to reuse the old bolt temporarily because my Chevy guy, he's not going to be here until afternoon and I can just go out in the parking lot and swap that over. Oh I lost a bit. It's actually doing really neat. It's t27 fits right back in there nicely snuggle it right up. Bring this little fell around that goes right in there and I will put the other one in here right up here. Let's see, it might have to play whack-a-mole to get that one in now. I Think instead of farting around trying to get the little Christmas tree out of the top, we're gonna do it the smart way because it doesn't appear to be broken yet. so we're just gonna wiggle this one off. Look to the past the lock. Take that off. We'll save it in case we need it. and then we're going to stick it. It's right back up there where it belongs. Started life out this little color around here. Pretty sure we can do this. Ah, there you go. I'm gonna plug it in. Boom Boom. Everything's good. Look at that. It's like the factory in case you couldn't see it. that's where that goes. That's where that one goes. That's where that one goes Boom The other thing the fellow wanted was a couple of these: I don't have a part number for you? Sure? I do. It's classic One five, six, four, six, two, five zero wheel nut covers coming a five pack away from either. Pretty inexpensive. Oh, it's missing on these trucks I think people might put them back on with you I'll get dug a gun or take them off too aggressively I could be wrong. I'm gonna reread the codes. no codes detected. good. He'll be happy now. His lights are all out. well, that's that folks. A pretty easy job on these. He's in a pretty common job also, particularly when they get this old and they get this. Rusty We always see this rear speed sensors. they you know it gets rust behind them just like the front ones do and then it usually breaks the head right off so you can just you know you go back there, check it and all. you got to snub as soon as you touch it the thing falls apart. This is the first one I've had in quite a while where I actually grabbed it with pliers and was able to move it. Thankfully we had the little mini Slide Hammer this one's made by Mac Tools an SP 8p Sierra Papa eight Papa in case you want to look one of those up I'm sure they don't make I've had this for many moons and it just takes a regular you know Flathead pan style pan head style screw perhaps like a number six I would guess. Pretty handy little tool for things I Don't know if it's using the body shop but I use it for pulling out the speed sensors and seals and various things like that. It's a sweet little slide hammer. So one of you guys hammer on that keyboard down in that comment section leaving a question in the comment. The concern you have the insty for: Facebook you guys know where we're at Just My Rewards If I can do it, you can do it. Thanks for watching.

95 thoughts on “Now i did it! i snapped off a speed sensor in the rear axle!”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars incub8 says:

    Super set of tricks today, including the Jesse Ventura effect on the valve cap! 😆

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars rm tm says:

    Great job!👍

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars julius liles says:

    I'm not an engineer, but I did stay at a motel 6. Wd40 can fix anything, except broken bones, that's what windex is for!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Omardottcom says:

    Mrs. O: “The double twister?….. that’s one of your best moves” 😂😂😂😂

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars photondebuger45 says:

    Wut in tarnation was tht thing on the like air hammer???

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kenny Cunningham says:

    I have one of those slide hammers that was in my dad's tools and the plastic tip broke on my oil dipstick on a 12 challenger 5.7 it worked out good for that.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Atom says:

    All that rust and still loves his job! I envy you sir 🙏

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Boonus18 says:

    I use pliers lack that to find my pp

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alexander Cahoulan says:

    when I had to do this for the first time I thought, "pfff these people don't know what they're doing. I got this!" It snapped just like this video. lol ABS sensors will humble you quick.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars A.j. Moore says:

    As a former California Ford Certified Technician, I would've lost my #$%T 10 seconds in to that sensor not coming out! Props to you my guy for handling it like a champ 🏆

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Custom Works says:

    LOL I get occasionally individuals who write multiple college thesis to several paragraphs to show me there expertise I give them a big heart and a flamingo emoji

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars curtisnstacey says:

    You failed!!!! the sensor wire suppose to go behind the brake line. lol. ahhhh the little things…………now give me them likes!!!!

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 2003RFVert says:

    I find myself adding “it’s your classic…” when I explain any inanimate object. Thanks Eric, O!

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Halverson says:

    you guys must apply or have stronger salt solution up there. i live in MN and have a 2005 with not nearly the amount of rust and corrosion. all my cars have been at least as old with less rust

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremy hanna says:

    Truck assembly is in flint Michigan

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars R Harris says:

    A lovely assistant makes all jobs easier.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars The Department of Redundancy Department says:

    Spider killer spray is only used for "dispersing water"? LOL 😀

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeffrey Green says:

    In this video I'd fall back to a trim removal tool behind that fitting but that's just me. Nice post Eric!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Utah York says:

    Thought I was watching a car repair video when "Mr Science" taught me the Venturi effect. Never too old to learn something new. Awesome!

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Thomas K says:

    After watching you extract that sensor I have to wonder if you ever missed your calling as a dentist. As always, Thank You Sir for sharing an excellent video!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars E Kop says:

    RUSTED TRUCK IN NY

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Erin Sherman says:

    I snapped a speed sensor in an ‘08 Sentra while doing a wheel bearing the other day. Many colorful words were used.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neil says:

    Amen to WD-40! I have at least 10 different cans of the "BEST EVER MADE" penetrating oils sitting on the shelf and I keep going back to WD-40. It is a character flaw, but I own a few British cars. They were not made from great materials, fine thread nuts and bolts were some of the worst. WD-40 has worked faster and better where all the others have failed…for half the price. Everyone needs to remember it is not a lubricant. Eric, Great videos. Keep them coming!

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars turdsandwicher says:

    I’ve been doing winter tires/brakes lately for family\friends. Been checking speed sensors and if they come out I’ll clean and grease them. Almost none of them came out lol. 2021 Honda CR-V after one Ontario winter the speed sensor is completely seized.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sam Squires says:

    My 2009 was made in Fort Wayne Indiana

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars twwtb says:

    Water Displacement formula #40. Developed in the aerospace industry to drumroll please…..displace water! It also makes a fine light lubricant a decent cutting oil for tapping aluminum and a fair spray cleaner. I imagine it would work as a coolant for cutting and drilling as long as it doesn't catch on fire. You can use it for just about light duty lubrication. It will either work, or you'll try something else.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars AN says:

    I did the same thing on my daily driver years ago with the added benefit of breaking the drill bit and then extractor… I threw the drill I think after that.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MechanicalCarnage says:

    WD-40, KROIL, Seafoam deep creep, KNOCK'R loose all on my shelf.

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric f says:

    Wd says right on the can lubricant

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lucky Baldwin says:

    The valve cap tricks were pretty cool.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mv4463 says:

    I got 2000 gmc 1500savana. U joint popped off at the pinon, got a new shaft but now the angle of the Pinon is upwards 5⁰.. looks like the pins that held the pumpkin to the axle arms has shifted.. the brakes and shocks are still in proper place… is this repairable? ( force down weld in place? ) or do I need a total rear end replacement 🤔

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jamie White says:

    Oh Eric! Sorry Eric O’ ! You make Rotten chinezium work look so easy.
    I have such a hard time getting it to work so easy here in sunny San Diego CA.
    I get a Subaru from just a state or 2 above me and I start to hope they donate it for taxes ,I guess one mans totally unsafe is another man’s normal.
    Any who… Thanks for bringing a positive attitude to my night Bro! Be waiting on your next video to get a little more? Info? Entertainment?
    O’ h Happiness/Calmness! Thanks for the hard work of YouTube it makes a difference for many you’ll never know

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael O says:

    The GM(Holden) song over here was… Football, Meat Pies, Kangaroos & Holden cars… Doesn't sound like plagiarism at all… 🤔

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars marcus motors says:

    I usually just heat the sensor up with a torch till it's all melty and pull it out

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Yawwee Shalimar says:

    Thanks, Eric, for the SMA MeMaw "" Tips "" to get the job done easier !!! Gotta love them slide hammers for getting things out that are stubborn !!! And it's Veterans Day – If you have money in your pocket, in the bank, or the wife has it in her purse, and you actually own something like a home, business, land and equipment, along with the FREEDOM to have that – then thank a Veteran !!!! Remember that all gave some, and some gave all, so you can have the right to do what you want within the law !!!!!!!! I'm thankful for it, hope you all are too !!!!!!

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edgar Mata says:

    Is that one of those snap on pry bars they never want to warranty 🕵️😂

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Relentless615 says:

    I thought that valve stem air cap was an ingenious idea that was cool, 😎👍🏾

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ian says:

    wrenching on cars from the salt belt puts hair on your chest

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Schafer says:

    Just did this on an 09' silverado. Used a deckmate screw in both with a stanley pry bar to yank em' out. I hate those things now.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars home serve says:

    two tricks and a couple of moves

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Hill says:

    A double twister, wallered out, an WD40, this video has everything.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tired Again says:

    A ding dong watching you tube? I resemble that remark 😁

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scott Raven says:

    Hey, how 'bout a little of mrs. O, ridin' a horse, firin' a shot gun ?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daryl Morgan says:

    Always a pleasure to watch you do your work Eric. Nice job.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Albert says:

    Quit chipping away at the rust, that's structural!! 🙂

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Billy Smith says:

    Nice love the descaler!!!