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if it comes right out you can reuse it

 

Cotter pins are a "once" use item, and should never be re-used :no:

Correct. One or both legs gets bent over 180 degrees to lock it in place. By the time you bend it, straighten it out for removal, then bend it again -- it's pretty well work hardened and on the ragged edge of failing. I confess to having reused them in an emergency, but it really is a "NO-NO!"

 

And no hubs come with cotter pins. The cotter pin is not part of the hub assembly, it's part of the stub axle assembly. Cotter pins are a "consumable" item in automotive repair shops. Tie rod ends sometimes come with replacements, but I can't remember anything else that does. If you don't have an assortment of cotter pins next to your toolbox, you're not a real Jeeper.

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if it comes right out you can reuse it

 

Cotter pins are a "once" use item, and should never be re-used :no:

Correct. One or both legs gets bent over 180 degrees to lock it in place. By the time you bend it, straighten it out for removal, then bend it again -- it's pretty well work hardened and on the ragged edge of failing. I confess to having reused them in an emergency, but it really is a "NO-NO!"

 

And no hubs come with cotter pins. The cotter pin is not part of the hub assembly, it's part of the stub axle assembly. Cotter pins are a "consumable" item in automotive repair shops. Tie rod ends sometimes come with replacements, but I can't remember anything else that does. If you don't have an assortment of cotter pins next to your toolbox, you're not a real Jeeper.

i reuse cotter pins all the time, and actually have never had one break....(though i do realize its just a matter of time....

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if it comes right out you can reuse it

 

Cotter pins are a "once" use item, and should never be re-used :no:

Correct. One or both legs gets bent over 180 degrees to lock it in place. By the time you bend it, straighten it out for removal, then bend it again -- it's pretty well work hardened and on the ragged edge of failing. I confess to having reused them in an emergency, but it really is a "NO-NO!"

 

And no hubs come with cotter pins. The cotter pin is not part of the hub assembly, it's part of the stub axle assembly. Cotter pins are a "consumable" item in automotive repair shops. Tie rod ends sometimes come with replacements, but I can't remember anything else that does. If you don't have an assortment of cotter pins next to your toolbox, you're not a real Jeeper.

i reuse cotter pins all the time, and actually have never had one break....(though i do realize its just a matter of time....

 

That is your choice and so far you have been lucky. Cotter pins are WAY CHEAP. They are there to keep a critical nut from loosening. Why on earth would you want to take a chance of a catastrophic failure because you where too lazy to change a 20cent cotter pin??? Do what you like, but NOT changing to a new pin every time of foolishness..

 

CW

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