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Hey guys, in a bit of a bind. I decided to try to save some money and r/r the driver's side cv axle assembly. I've seen and helped on other vehicles and it never seemed like a big deal to change one. Well, I got the suspension torn apart and got the axle out of the hub but when I tried to pull it from the transmission/torque converter the rubber boot came completely off and left the metal end and spline inside. I tried to pull and pry to get it to come loose and I can't get it to come off. Anyone have similar problems or am I missing something? Thanks in advance.
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Hey guys, in a bit of a bind. I decided to try to save some money and r/r the driver's side cv axle assembly. I've seen and helped on other vehicles and it never seemed like a big deal to change one. Well, I got the suspension torn apart and got the axle out of the hub but when I tried to pull it from the transmission/torque converter the rubber boot came completely off and left the metal end and spline inside. I tried to pull and pry to get it to come loose and I can't get it to come off. Anyone have similar problems or am I missing something? Thanks in advance.
Well if you're replacing the passenger side, then i would say thats normal. Based on the picture below, are what you're disassembling look like that?

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Well if you're replacing the passenger side, then i would say thats normal. Based on the picture below, are what you're disassembling look like that?


The diagram with #7 is what mine looks like except I'm assuming that one is for ABS since it has the gear at the hub end of the shaft. The problem I'm having is the end with the clip on it. I can't get that part of the shaft out.
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Kp2785,
I am in the same boat. I am doing the passenger side, though. I am down to the same piece you were, but it is stuck in the intermediate shaft and center bearing bracket. I, for the life of me, can not seem to get this thing apart. If anyone has some good tips, I am listening. I have tried pulling it, prying it, using rope, and even my air hammer on the the body. It doesn't budge. You can wiggle it a little, but the retaining clip is not giving up. Anyone ever use a come-along to pull an axle? Thanks for any help.

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I am in the same boat. I am doing the passenger side, though. I am down to the same piece you were, but it is stuck in the intermediate shaft and center bearing bracket. I, for the life of me, can not seem to get this thing apart. If anyone has some good tips, I am listening. I have tried pulling it, prying it, using rope, and even my air hammer on the the body. It doesn't budge. You can wiggle it a little, but the retaining clip is not giving up. Anyone ever use a come-along to pull an axle? Thanks for any help.

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Normally to remove it from the gearbox you need a quite long tapered bar about 2ft 6" to get behind the joint and lever it out ,failing that 2 levers to get behind in two places to lever out. They are hard to get out but it is possible to do it.
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Ok. I finally got this son of gun apart. The lock ring (or spring) is severely out of shape. It is more than just a little past the teeth on the shaft, and I think this is what was preventing me from getting this thing apart. The problem is, it is also now preventing me from getting it back together. I shove with all my might and it isn't going to go. Can you get new locking rings? If you can, how do you put it on with out stretching it? Can I put it back together with out the ring? I really can't see how this thing would ever come apart when all assembled. Let me know what you guys come up with. I have to go get some wheel bearings now. Thanks for your help.

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Ok. I finally got this son of gun apart. The lock ring (or spring) is severely out of shape. It is more than just a little past the teeth on the shaft, and I think this is what was preventing me from getting this thing apart. The problem is, it is also now preventing me from getting it back together. I shove with all my might and it isn't going to go. Can you get new locking rings? If you can, how do you put it on with out stretching it? Can I put it back together with out the ring? I really can't see how this thing would ever come apart when all assembled. Let me know what you guys come up with. I have to go get some wheel bearings now. Thanks for your help.

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To put it back without the ring would be to invite trouble and some expensive gearbox repairs in the process. The ring as you have gathered is to stop the joint poping out. As you turn the wheel the joint is supposed to slide in and out a little to to allow the extra length caused by turning .Without the clips (there are 2,one at the other end of the shaft where it enters the CV joint) the joint slips out due to the pulling force as you turn. To get the shaft back in you need to compress the ring with 2 small screw drivers whilst pushing the joint in.
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I never renew the outer cv joint by taking out the inner one and shaft also. I just dismantle it so that all i have left is the outer cv joint, then clamp the drive shaft to the bottom suspension frame, cut the outer part of cv joint to allow removal of balls, that leaves the inner ball spider on the spline. Cut through this in line with splines but not completely so that you damage the splines.Use a small chisel to split it open and lever apart until it slides off. A new circlip should come with the joint plus boots clips and grease.I find this is a far better way to get them off as the clip expands and as you have found when you finally get it off it's chewed lumps into the splines that all need cleaning up! The clip is also difficult going back on, try it first without clip then fit clip and as Bruno1926 says 2 s/drivers as you push it on. I always find theABS sensor takes the most time to get out.1,1/4 hrs on one last week!
PS. Cutting done with 4" disc cutter + cutting disc.

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