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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-21-2020, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Effin driver's side axle shaft

Been trying to remove the driver's side stub shaft and it will not budge. I know it's a pita to get out but everything I've tried hasn't worked. I've tried the wedge tried beating it out. Only thing I haven't done is drop the whole differential out of the truck. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get this thing out while it's still in the truck?

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Sorry Beard, I just went through this with my 06. I bet I threw more at it than you have, including the 10-ton porta power. The only way to get it out now is by removing it from the truck. Just so you've tried everything.... try turning the axle 90 deg and tapping it, then another 90 deg and so on. At some point you're gonna have to bite the bullet.

When it's out, remove the passenger side axle and tube. From there you can look inside past the big pin the goes between the spider gears and you can see the end of the driver side axle shaft. Use a long punch or prybar on the end of the axle shaft and hit it hard a couple times. If you're lucky it's out.

Next option, remove the insection plug and turn the gears until you see the bolt that holds the fat pin in place. In order to remove the bolt you have to take a Dremel and grind out the last 4 threads. Once you remove the bolt from the case, turn the gears so the pin can move toward the pinion. At this point you should be able to have access to a little more than 1/2 of the butt end of the driver side axle shaft. Turn your housing axle flange down and support it with some wood on both sides. Get a piece of 1/2" rebar or similar about a foot long and put it on the end of the axle shaft. I hit mine 4 times pretty hard with an 8lb maul til the snap ring broke.

I'm not saying there won't be damage cause there might be. My snap ring groove was minimally deformed but still usable.

I'll see if I have any pictures, but that won't be until tomorrow.

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Slide hammer?
I've read people using them but I don't think there's any room. I don't have one so I'd have to rent it and see if it will fit.

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Been trying to remove the driver's side stub shaft and it will not budge. I know it's a pita to get out but everything I've tried hasn't worked. I've tried the wedge tried beating it out. Only thing I haven't done is drop the whole differential out of the truck. Anyone have any suggestions on how to get this thing out while it's still in the truck?

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I assume you're talking about getting the splined shaft out of the hub. I have some suggestions...

1. Heat the shaft and hub but be careful to not get it so hot that you cook grease or melt plastic if you're reusing the hub. Then use a candle to sweat some wax into the splines and try knocking it out again. If you don't have a candle, you can try WD40 or another penetrant first.

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2. Heat the shaft and hub, again, not too hot if reusing. Use some ice cubes to cool the shaft WITHOUT cooling the hub and try knocking it out again. If you have a local source for dry ice, that's even better. Cold spray would also work if you can avoid spraying the hub.

You want to keep the o.d. (hub) hot and the i.d. (shaft) cold. The greater the temperature differential, the better.
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I've read people using them but I don't think there's any room. I don't have one so I'd have to rent it and see if it will fit.

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A few years ago I was doing a full rebuild on my front end, and the axle seals were leaking too so I wanted to replace them. I tried everything I could to get that left stub out of the differential. Ended up dropping the front diff and taking it to work so I could use a coworkers slide hammer and clean everything up really well. Put the slid hammer on there, slid out to the end of the shaft to gauge my throw, hit the end of it with just a little pull and the damn thing popped right out... I was so mad... but glad it came out. Even if you have a short throw on the slide, if it pulls the stub evenly it should pop out pretty easy. Maybe a steering wheel puller modified to get it bolted in and make a slide for it? Its a helluva lot easier than pulling the diff, I can tell you that lol

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A few years ago I was doing a full rebuild on my front end, and the axle seals were leaking too so I wanted to replace them. I tried everything I could to get that left stub out of the differential. Ended up dropping the front diff and taking it to work so I could use a coworkers slide hammer and clean everything up really well. Put the slid hammer on there, slid out to the end of the shaft to gauge my throw, hit the end of it with just a little pull and the damn thing popped right out... I was so mad... but glad it came out. Even if you have a short throw on the slide, if it pulls the stub evenly it should pop out pretty easy. Maybe a steering wheel puller modified to get it bolted in and make a slide for it? Its a helluva lot easier than pulling the diff, I can tell you that lol
Are we talking about getting the splined cv axle shaft out of the hub or the shaft that's in the differential that the cv axles bolt to, out of the diff?
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Are we talking about getting the splined cv axle shaft out of the hub or the shaft that's in the differential that the cv axles bolt to, out of the diff?
I gathered it as the stub shaft in the differential that the cv axle bolts to, being that @beardedlbzguy refers to pulling the complete differential

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Beard, in my first reply I said to grind out the last 4 threads. I meant to say the last 4 threads of the inspection plug hole. Here's a picture.
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