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I need to replace my driver side axle and am having an incredibly tough time removing the inner cv join from the transaxle case. i have searched for help from the archives, but to no avail. please help me, i need to fix this and sell my car soon. thanks
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I'm going to assume you can't get it out of the differential rather than the steering knuckle (hub). Before you pull it out make sure you have a new oil gasket for the differential. The reason I say this is because there is a good chance you'll tear it when you pull it out.

Once your car is SECURELY on jacks get a prybar and from underneath the drive shaft prop it between the inner CV joint and the differential. Then brace yourself and push on it with your leg. After it gets past the ring on the inner CV joint it should slide right off. This was the easy part. Getting a new one on is the bigger problem.

Post another message if you have problems getting the new one on.

P.S. Make sure there is a new ring on the end of the new inner CV joint.
 

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Dont loose the ring clip that is at the end inside your differential. Without it your axle shaft will not snap in properly and it will pop out while driving.
 

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What happens if it pops out.
I think I have a situation where this driver's side axle poped out.
Would the ring stay inside or would it be just fell off and lost.
How can I fix this problem?
 

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i had that problem, i was lucky enough to be able to just slide the axle back into place, and i never had the problem again. i'm not sure what the worst case senario would be.
 

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I found a way to make this process slightly easier, when you are at the point of actually pulling the axle just grab on (if you can), have someone spin the opposite wheel slowly, while it is turning tug lightly and repeatedly be prepared for the axle to just pop out unexpectedly (i fell on my ass when it did), for some reason this has worked for me every time. Maybe the spinning of the opposite wheel helps to move the inner circlip slightly so that it comes free?..Im not sure.

I did this on a 93 V6 with the atx so it may or may not work for you but it works fine on my car.

Oh yeah and another thing, when you are putting the axle back in be sure it is all the way in, mine was not quite all the way in and i was getting a sound like my cv's were bad when i went over a rise and the suspension went up, so if you do the axles and you get vibration or noise check that it is all the way into the tranny, if not then remove the axle nuts and hit it with a hammer (use your own discretion, this may damage the threads on the end of the axle if you dont put something there to protect it i.e. wood block, old axle nut backed off or something of the sort), when we did this we clearly heard and saw the axle pop into place. no more noise and vibration.
 
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