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Old 04-21-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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SVT Axle Issues.

so, i'm replacing the wheel bearings tomorrow, but as i disassembled the passenger side of the car i i quickly realized that the axle nut was not coming off as quickly as i t should. i was using my impact to get it off, and it made it to the point that the face of the nut was almost lined up with the tip of the bolt, the the nut would not move. after struggling the nut started to spin, but not loosen. after A LOT of cussing and tapping the axle nut to the back of the hub, the threads all went away, and the nut came off.
so, i'm replacing the wheel bearings and an axle tomorrow.
Here is my question:
I took the axle bearing support off just to save some work tomorrow, and the passenger side axle all but slid right out of the transmission. is that normal for these cars?
i have done a few axles in my time, but they were all fairly well secured. and took some sort of prying, or even slide hammers to get them out.


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Old 04-21-2013, 10:16 PM   #2
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Sometimes they will come right out, its possible someone replaced it before. Other times they need to be pulled out with extra effort.
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last year i had the trans replaced by the local transmission shop. just caught me off guard the way the axle about fell on my forehead. there was no effort needed. is the drivers side that easy too?
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Probably not you may just need to give it a tug and work it out
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My memory says that the Pass. side is just held in by the carrier bearing, slides out easily in most cases.

Driver's side has a spring clip that makes it hard to remove. One hint I've seen is to use a LONG drift from the Pass. side through the trans. to tap it out, once unhooked from the knuckle.

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Yes the Passenger side is only held in by the carrier bearing. It slips easily out of the trans if that bracket is not bolted to the block. The drivers side is clipped in. I usually just take my ball joint separator (looks like a huge two pronged fork) and put it in between the axle and the trans where it goes in. Then give a pop with my hand and it pops right out.
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Cool. Everything's good then. Had me slightly concernedfor a bit, but i dont have any leaks. after a very long day, my car is all good! And I found a place that will rebuild axles for a decent price. Thanks, as always for the advice.
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