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Old 07-02-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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Question Removing Axel

OK, I'm stumped. I'm trying to pull my passenger side axel off and it just won't come off. The Helms manual says to "tap it" out. Well... I've tried that along with pulling it out and prying it out with the handle of a breaker bar and the damn thing won't budge.

I searched all over the site and I haven't seen anyone mention a removal process or any real issues with taking it out except one person who said it was pretty tough.

Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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OK, I'm stumped. I'm trying to pull my passenger side axel off and it just won't come off. The Helms manual says to "tap it" out. Well... I've tried that along with pulling it out and prying it out with the handle of a breaker bar and the damn thing won't budge.

I searched all over the site and I haven't seen anyone mention a removal process or any real issues with taking it out except one person who said it was pretty tough.

Any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!
which end are u having the most difficult with? passenger side to mid shaft or mid shaft to tranny case?

make sure u put enough pressure on the axle to loosen up the C clip. Goodluck.Youcould remove the midshaft and remove the midshaft from the tranny case leaving u with a very long axle/midshaft combo...put that thing on a bench and try to wrestle with it.

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Old 07-02-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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Go to Autozone and rent a slide hammer. One pop and the axle is out (using it on the pilot bushing in this case).

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which end are u having the most difficult with? passenger side to mid shaft or mid shaft to tranny case?
I'm just trying to get the axel out from the mid-shaft. The whole reason I need it out is to replace the CV Boot, which tore and spewed grease all over the place.
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Go to Autozone and rent a slide hammer. One pop and the axle is out (using it on the pilot bushing in this case).
Interesting looking tool there - and I've heard of a slide hammer but I've never used one. How exactly does it work?
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:29 PM   #6
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I'm uploading some pics for you now. I always take out the intermediate shaft as well as the pass axle at the same time.
  1. Remove the 36mm Axle Nut
  2. Remove the 17mm Castle nut and pin on the LCA lower ball joint.
  3. Use a Ball joint puller to seperate the ball joint from the LCA. (Be Careful)
  4. Remove the endlink on the sway bar on the side you are working on.
  5. Get under vehicle and remove the splatter shield over the intermediate shaft. (3) 10mm bolts.
  6. Remove the (3) 14mm bolts that hold the Intermediate shaft into the bolck.
  7. Make sure brake hub and knuckle are not putting pressure on the axle so it can move outward.
  8. Using a prybar or large screwdriver push the intermediate shaft and axle out of the housing in a straight line. (DO NOT PULL ON THE OUTBOARD CV JOINT YOU CAN DAMAGE THE UNIT!!!)

the outboard joint can be replaced while on the vehicle. Most passenger side axles are hard to remove from the intermediate shafts, and most intermediate shafts just slide extremely easy from the transmission housing.

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Old 07-02-2008, 08:51 PM   #7
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GOT IT!!! I used my breaker bar for leverage and smacked the bar with a hammer - popped right out like it was nothing.

now... how in the hell do I get the CV joint off the damn axel
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p-nut & all - thank you very much for the replies.
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Are you just replacing the boot on the CV joint? If so just cut the band on the boot and remove it unless you have the "ear" type band then you can re-use it. You can get replacement bands from autozone or a like parts store. Make sure you replace lost grease in the joint and make sure the spider gears (orbital) are not damaged and are in the correct place before you seal it up incase you have pulled them from their original positions during removal.

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yeah, I have the whole axel out now. I'm just trying to figure out how to get the CV joint off so I can throw the new boot on there. Helms says to put the axel in a vise and use a slide hammer to pull the CV joint off of the axel. So I guess that's what I'm going to try tomorrow.
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you don't have to pull the cv joint out if you r replacing both boots, just cut off the boots and take the inner joint apart then slip the outter boot in from the inner joint side
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