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So I was trying to take out my old drivers side axle.. It wasn't coming out so I gave it a hard tug after wrapping a chain around it.. This happened..





Any ideas on how to take out the rest? I tried wrapping a metal wire around what's left and tugging it.. But it's really in there.. Also tried a couple of pry bars no luck.
 

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Can you get in there enough to drill a hole and put a bolt through it? Then keep tugging it with your chain.
 

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After getting a bolt through it for leverage, heat the center with a torch. It will expand and slide out as you pull on it and bang on the side and rotate it. (car in neutral )
 

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Not enough room for an axle popper or pickle fork?

You could weld the end of a slide hammer to the inside of it and use that. lol
 

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just replaced my both axles (driver's & passenger side) last week. I had major suspension work and a leak fixed, so I decided to change both axles while he was working on it.
I still have both of them. Mechanic said they were "OK" and one of them had a little bit of play in it, but still in working condition. They have 192K miles on them on my '05 VR man. transmission, so no guarantees, but would like to sell them to you if you want them, instead of returning them for a core deposit. $100.00 each axle + shipping charges. you can PM me and I can email you pics.
 

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Go to Harbor Freight and get one of these.

http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch-general-purpose-tire-iron-93230.html

That is exactly how I got my axles out of the parts car. There should be just enough room to get this up in there to pop the axle out with all the other stuff just attached.

They key to getting the axle out is pulling straight out while using the tire iron tool to gently pry it out. If you put a lot of pressure sideways on the axle instead of straight out, it will never release the cir-clip from the trans. I pulled on mine quite a bit with the strap hooked up to my tractor and nothing, but as soon as I bought that tool and hit just right while pulling straight out, the axle came out of the trans so easy I couldn't believe it.
 

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After getting a bolt through it for leverage, heat the center with a torch. It will expand and slide out as you pull on it and bang on the side and rotate it. (car in neutral )
I was told not to try to touch it because I might melt a seal... So I didn't do this because of that.
Not enough room for an axle popper or pickle fork?

You could weld the end of a slide hammer to the inside of it and use that. lol
Yeah its really tight.. We could barely get the tip of the pry bar back there.. Which was why we tried the thin metal wire...tying one end to a jack.. But jerking it with the wire tied to a 60 pound jack didn't work.. Don't have access to a welder :(
just replaced my both axles (driver's & passenger side) last week. I had major suspension work and a leak fixed, so I decided to change both axles while he was working on it.
I still have both of them. Mechanic said they were "OK" and one of them had a little bit of play in it, but still in working condition. They have 192K miles on them on my '05 VR man. transmission, so no guarantees, but would like to sell them to you if you want them, instead of returning them for a core deposit. $100.00 each axle + shipping charges. you can PM me and I can email you pics.
Thanks.. But I have brand new axles.. :)
Can you get in there enough to drill a hole and put a bolt through it? Then keep tugging it with your chain.
Didn't have the time to give this a try but maybe tomorrow.
 

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Go to Harbor Freight and get one of these.

http://www.harborfreight.com/24-inch-general-purpose-tire-iron-93230.html

That is exactly how I got my axles out of the parts car. There should be just enough room to get this up in there to pop the axle out with all the other stuff just attached.

They key to getting the axle out is pulling straight out while using the tire iron tool to gently pry it out. If you put a lot of pressure sideways on the axle instead of straight out, it will never release the cir-clip from the trans. I pulled on mine quite a bit with the strap hooked up to my tractor and nothing, but as soon as I bought that tool and hit just right while pulling straight out, the axle came out of the trans so easy I couldn't believe it.
I actually bought one of these last night along with a few other different ones.. No luck with these either no matter how straight we tried.. Problem is its so tight back there that we can only get a small tiny bit of the pry bar back there.. But we tried trying to take it out straight and it wouldn't budge. . I ended up contacting a mobile mechanic who will come tomorrow morning because I've given up after working on it for 6 hours or so on it. I'm hoping he has more tools for this situation.
 

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I never managed to get mine out, even with a 36 inch gorilla bar.

I had the tip of the angled part inserted between the axle tip and the transmission and had lot of leverage to apply a lot of force. Tried many times while turning the axles between each try. I understand it was not a straight pull, but I thought it was a big no no to pull directly on the axle.
If it had been critical for me to get it out, my next move would have to wrap some steel cable behind and create a kind of pull hammer with some weight.
I am not sure this is really helping but I am curious how the OP will solve this. Please keep us posted.
 

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Lol.. Op is curious how Op will solve this too.
 

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Try using two large cold chisels on either side of it, hammer them up in behind it gently as to not damage the tranny case. It should force it out, thats how I got mine out.
 

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Mobile mechanic came.. And he tried for 45 mins.. And was unsuccessful. He said the trans will have to come out and they'll have to undo the c clip from inside.
 

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If you end up disconnecting it from inside the transmission. Let us know what was hanging it up. Maybe take a picture. I'm really curious about this.
 

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A thick 5/8" chisel is how I remove the c-clip axles. Just tap in it between the axle cup and transmission with a 5lb hammer.
 

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slide hammer

Can you drill a hole through the side of the remaining part so you can put a long bolt through one side and out the other?
If you can, see if you can rent a large slide hammer and put a large eye bolt in it.
Put the eye through the bolt you installed in your axle then use the hammer to drive it out. You want to keep the eye in the center of the axle so it pulls evenly.
I have had better luck pulling axles with a shock load like this.

This may work if you can adapt an eye hook to it-
http://www.autozone.com/loan-a-tools/slide-hammer/oem-slide-hammer-with-18-threads/2047_0_0/
 

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I would try what DCM0123 said first. Then if that didn't work I'd just reassemble the strut and then tow it to a Volvo specialist before pulling the motor, they have lots of experience getting these out.
 

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the c clip need a lot of jiggling to be able to get loose and compress into the groove. A straight pull without jiggling can sometimes bend the c clip and make it even harder.
 

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I would try what DCM0123 said first. Then if that didn't work I'd just reassemble the strut and then tow it to a Volvo specialist before pulling the motor, they have lots of experience getting these out.
I am not sure pulling the transmission will help other than it may be easier to get a wedges behind the axle flange which is what you have been trying to do it.

The transmission side cover will not come off until the axle is removed. I may be wrong but I do not think you can get access to the c-clip from inside the transmission.

I recently did my clutch and pulled the transmission with this axle intact. I then used 2 pry bars, one on each side of the axle shaft to pop it out. You will get better leverage with the transmission out.

Here is an example of a slide hammer made specifically to pull axles-

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Wheel...1191438500&pt=Motors_Automotive_Tools&vxp=mtr

This one looks like the autozone kit. If you can use the three jaws to hook the back side of the axle, the cone is used to spread the jaws and lock them in place. Then you use the slide hammer to pull it out.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/16-Pc-Axles...353&rk=4&rkt=6&mehot=pp&sd=230551727841&rt=nc

Let us know how you do.
 
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