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I can really use some help removing the oil pan. Instructions say on the left side lower the axle. How do you do this ?????
 

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Not sure if you have ever replaced a CV axle before, but procedure is about the same. You are going to have to get the axle out of the hub assembly. So, the first thing is to remove your four wheel drive hubs, and then the snap ring, and spanner nut etc that hold the axle in. Then, remove the tie rod end, and stabilizer bar from fork link bolt. The axle won't pass thru the fork, so you must separate the two halves of the fork. Do this by loosening the fork bolt that goes thru the lower control arm, and the four bolts that hold it to the strut. It might be easier to remove the four bolts completly. You can figure that out when the time comes. The inner end of your axle is either bolted on to the differential, or slips in with circlip for interference. You can figure that one out. Next you need to release the steering knuckle from either the upper or lower balljoint studs. Upper might be easier. You can figure that one out. Then with your steering knuckle released, it will lean out enough to release the axle from the hub. Then work at it from there. These instructions are general in nature, and you might encounter other minor issues along the way. If you need more specifics just ask. If you are not sure; stop....Cheers.. These instructions apply to my 02 Sportage...Not sure about others.
 
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