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Trouble removing front axles in 2nd gen

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by drew02a, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:22 AM
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    drew02a

    drew02a [OP] Rocking your mom's world Since 1997

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    I'm having serious trouble pulling my front axles out of my differential. I'm putting everything I've got into prying them off with an 18" pry bar and getting nothing. Any suggestions? Anything I could be missing?
     
  2. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:27 AM
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    awesome pdf!! after step 8, will the axle shaft just pull out of the knuckle??
     
  4. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:33 AM
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    Once the axel nut is removed, it should
     
  5. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:40 AM
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    So I HAVE to "remove the front axle hub nut" before it will come out?

    Thanks for the pdf, those are useful. I usually keep my laptop on the workbench while working on the truck for just that reason. I read that one already, but I'm pretty dense sometimes and try to take shortcuts. :smack: Thank you sir may I have another :D
     
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    right ...right, dont want to go putting motor oil in my trans.

    once you get the new one back through the knuckle/bearings and slide the inboard end back in the front diff. can you tap the outboard end with a piece of wood and hammer to seat it?

    sorry drew I'm not meaning to steal the thread here, I'll need to do this in the near future and maybe it can help you with your axle swap too:)
     
  7. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:43 AM
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    Yeah, I'll be needing to do it in the even "nearer" future, so thanks for asking as I'd like to know too.
     
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    as far as poping it out though I have had many people tell me its not as east with a pry bar. the sudden force/pop of a slide hammer does the trick. use a pipe clamp around the inboard housing and slide hammer claw attachment to get it to stay in place.
     
  9. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:54 AM
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    Cool, I don't have a slide hammer, but could probably use a chisel and regular hammer?
     
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    Whats your reason for pulling your axles?
     
  11. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    To remove the front diff so I can remove the ring and pinion and ship them to you. :) No worries, with that little nugget, they'll be out tonight and in a box tomorrow.

    The rear is already out and ready to go.
     
  12. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:19 AM
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    You should be able to.
     
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    Oh I thought you were up grading to larger axles.
     
  14. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:56 AM
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    That might be a future mod. Especially if my plan for ARB in the front comes to Fruition :devil:
     
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    Do you HAVE to remove the brake disc before taking off the AXLE HUB GREASE CAP?
     
  16. Jul 1, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    Yeah. The disk just come right off. Remove the caliper, and the disk slides off the studs.
     
  17. Jul 1, 2009 at 4:58 PM
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    Yeah, right. This thing hasn't been removed since the factory and there's a bid of rust. I'll give it a gentle bang (hehe) with a hammer and see if I can't loosen it up.

    Thanks
     
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    You wouldn't happen to know how big that front axle hub nut is. I don't have a big enough socket and have to go buy one... :(

    I measured and it looks like 35mm, but it would suck to come back with the wrong thing.
     
  19. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    I cant remember...I thought it was a 34mm...but Im more than likely wrong...
     
  20. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:51 PM
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    36mm socket will do the trick.
     
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