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Drive axle removal

I was going to replace the drive axles in my trep. yesterday and I can't get the end out of the transmission or the hub! I took the hole spindle out so I can work on the bench but the part that still goes in to the transmission is still stuck! My Dad was a mechanic or 40 years can't get it out either!
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Borrow a slide hammer from any of the auto parts stores, and buy the OEM brand fork accessory, which is made for grabbing the tripod. I will post more detgails later, as well as part number of the fork, and some tips on using the slide hammer.

EDIT: OEM part number is 27058: http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...dentifier=2061

I believe AZ is the only parts chain that stocks it.

The tips I was going to offer:

(1) Keep your fingers away from the stop-bump on the slide hammer shaft. If you don't you could end up loosing a big chunk of meat from a finger if it gets between the buimp and the slide weight when it hits. I caught my finger there, but was very lucky that I was just doing a half-assed paractice slide - it bruised the muscle in that finger. If it had been a full-force slide, it would have been a trip to the emergency room and possible permanently disabled finger (from that entire muscle being severed).

(2) The key to getting max. impact into the axle from the slide hammer is to get it as parallel as possible to the axle, as well as getting full slide stroke. The sway bar end link interfered with doing that. I disconnected the upper end of the end link to let it hang down, and that got it out of the way - so I was able to get a full slide stroke and close to being perfectly parallel to the axle. That made all the difference in the world in being able to knock the axle off of the tranny stub - still took 3 or so full effort hits to do it. I will warn you that some axles are more stubborn than others, and there have been instances where even a slide hammer couldn't get it (rust belt) - but if anything can get it, a slide hammer will.


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Thanks I see the Snap-on dealer tomorrow! Do you have any tips for getting the control arms apart?
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for the lower control arm at the ball joint, I just used a heavy flat head screwdriver and just used it like a crowbar.

Also this is how I removed the axl from the trans mission..
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The pry bar trick don't work on this one I can't get it to move!
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I just went through this on the car I'm parting, it never came apart. I finally had to break the band and pull the half shaft apart.
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have you tried a propane torch?
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for the lower control arm at the ball joint, I just used a heavy flat head screwdriver and just used it like a crowbar.

Also this is how I removed the axl from the trans mission..
That doesn't always work because much of the prying force goes into twisting the joint sideways, which puts a binding force on the fit between the tripod and the tranny stub shaft. The first time I had to remove an axle on my '99, I tried your method, and it would not budge. I finally figured out it was due to that binding. I finally popped it loose by using two pry bars - on opposite sides of the tripod, which reduced the sideways binding force - popped out right away. But my '98 apparently lived part of its previous life in the rust belt - it wouldn't budge even with the two-pry-bar trick. That's when I was forced to come up with the slide hammer and fork accessory.


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Thanks Peva I bought the tool from auto zone now just have to get the slide hammer from snap-on tomorrow! My Dad said I needed something like this he just didn't know they made one!
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I have been able to get the slide hammer and fork at AutoZone twice now (two different locations). In both cases I had to convince them they had the tool, in one case I helped them look for it. It worked once and the second time it didn't. Even after I had the trans out of the car I couldn't get them off the tran regardless of the method I used.
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I have been able to get the slide hammer and fork at AutoZone twice now (two different locations). In both cases I had to convince them they had the tool, in one case I helped them look for it. It worked once and the second time it didn't. Even after I had the trans out of the car I couldn't get them off the tran regardless of the method I used.
Same here. I had the trans out of the car but both sides of the axle wouldn't budge. I finally was able to remove one with a 3-jaw puller, but the other side appeared to be fused to the shaft. I ended up having to cut it off because nothing else worked.
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Someone on here mentioned the use of an impact hammer. Used a blunt end, not a chisel.

I used the slide hammer, as PEVA said, get the hammer parallel to the axle and wack away.
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