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Old 03-24-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Need Ideas for a stuck CV Axle - special removal tool?

I can't get the CV Axle out of the driver's side on my 95 mazda 626. I changed it out to a "Fenco" aftermarket one a few weeks ago, but forgot to do the seal... of course its leaking gear oil now. What I expected to be an easy job has turned into a nightmare. I cannot get this axle out of the trans-axle.

I can't get it out with a prybar. I tried to rent a slide hammer and the puller thing from Autozone but the clearance is too tight. As a last resort, I tried a pickle fork as a wedge. So far I have been unsuccessful. Short of taking the other side out and pushing through, what other ideas are there? Does anybody make a special tool that might wrap around the axle like a collar?

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Old 03-24-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
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Use a prybar, get the car as safe as you can on jackstands.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:43 PM   #3
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Try a pry bar on each side. This will allow you to apply even pressure, and it should come out. When you only use a single pry bar the axle can sometimes bind up, and not come out. If that does not work You could try removing the other axle, and putting a pipe that is smaller in diameter that the axle stub in, and hitting it with a hammer.

They do also make a tool called the axle popper that works just like the two pry bars.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: Need Ideas for a stuck CV Axle - special removal tool?

I did those many years ago on a Plymouth Voyager I had, and recall that popping them out was a bit of a problem. If I recall, there's a snap ring that pops into an internal groove where the axle goes in. I used a block of wood on the backside of the joint & whacked it a few times until it came out. Seemed strange, but at the time, that's what someone told me to do, & it worked.
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Old 03-24-2011, 04:51 PM   #5
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I have an OTC puller that has worked good for me. But I use an extension on it.



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Old 03-24-2011, 05:08 PM   #6
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Default Re: Need Ideas for a stuck CV Axle - special removal tool?

find a friend to put some pressure on the pry bar then give the axle a good shot with whatever you need to use to hit it having pressure on it will stop any bouncing etc against the snap ring
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:13 PM   #7
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Default Re: Need Ideas for a stuck CV Axle - special removal tool?

I have a tool from Mac tools that goes in the transaxle from the opposite side to pop the stubborn axle out.It was originally bought for doing Ford Tempo's and Escorts.The Drivers Side axle on those was sunk into the trans case making it almost impossible to get a prybar on them.Basically just a steel bar with a slot cut out to get around the differential pin.A piece of pipe won't work unless you notch it to clear the pin.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:18 PM   #8
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I'm not sure how similar the 626s are compared to millenias, but here is one solution I found on youtube awhile back that might help

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_0nrnPOLcs
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:40 PM   #9
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I'm amazed by how quickly this forum comes together with ideas! Thank you!

Yes, mine is an aftermarket reman unit, and apparently some of those have larger clips than the OEM ones. It was difficult to push in, but this is impossible to pull out!

I tried a puller like pictured above, but I couldn't get the clearance needed to even fit the crows-foot part.

I really, really hope I don't have to pull the other side and push the axle through!
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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snap on sells these, I've never seen them in person and don't know how they work but they look different than anything I have ever used.

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Old 03-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #11
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Wedge your smaller prybar between the case and the axle at the front, tap it in lightly with a hammer to get it to stick in there, thenget your bigger prybar and pry at the rear, put a little pressure on it and pop the end of the prybar with a hammer, the idea is to collapse thre snapring into the groove, you have to walk the axle out slightly a little at a time.

Don't go medieval on it, I have seen gorillas crack the case.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:07 PM   #12
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Whatever you do, make sure the snap ring is still on the axle after you get it out. You dont want it floating around in your transaxle...
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:05 PM   #13
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snap on sells these, I've never seen them in person and don't know how they work but they look different than anything I have ever used.

What's the part number?
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:37 PM   #14
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Default Re: Need Ideas for a stuck CV Axle - special removal tool?

I know you said you swapped it out a few weeks ago, but make sure you didn't forget a step. Only giving this suggestion because when I did my wife's subaru there is a roll pin that has to be removed before the axle will come out. If I went back to it weeks later, I wouldn't look at the shop manual because I just did it a few weeks ago, and a minor step like that is something I'd forget as soon as I put away my hammer and pin punches.
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snap on sells these, I've never seen them in person and don't know how they work but they look different than anything I have ever used.

Same as the Mac one I've had forever.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:54 PM   #16
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Same as the Mac one I've had forever.
How exactly do they work? They look small, are they bigger than they look and do they work like a pickle fork?
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:55 PM   #17
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HST100-1 and HST100-2
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:04 PM   #18
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You may have to use a brass punch and hammer. Tap on the end cap, should pop out. Good luck!
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I have the tool shown above.

With this tool, one axle is removed and the tool is inserted in it's place. The forked portion clears the pinion shaft so you can hammer on the other axle and pop the snap ring out from the inside.

I always just use a prybar.

A prying action is not what you want, but rather a quick snap with the bar to compress the snap ring.
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I have the tool shown above.

With this tool, one axle is removed and the tool is inserted in it's place. The forked portion clears the pinion shaft so you can hammer on the other axle and pop the snap ring out from the inside.

I always just use a prybar.

A prying action is not what you want, but rather a quick snap with the bar to compress the snap ring.
Thanks for the explanation!!!
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