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Old 08-02-2010, 01:26 AM
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Front Drive shaft Removal?!?!? 2002 DurangoR/T @#%@#%^#&!!!

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2002 Durango R/T w/ AWD

Mission: Change out front left Axle due to CV joints going out
PROBLEM: >.< The damn shaft wont budge an inch

OK... Thanks in advance for reading this thread and ANY input is appreciated.

SitRep: I have pulled hub, got the brake caliper hanging, slathered the S.O.B. in PB Blaster and let sit overnight. Manual says to use two pry bars and push it out.. FAIL! broke a Craftsman prybar in the process..
OK, Pulled out the Slide Hammer and proceeded to beat the hell outta the axle trying to get it out. FAIL! The axle is getting pretty beat up at this point.... I am a pretty big boy: (5'10" 220lbs) in the custom steel fabrication business... This thing is in there!
Broke out the HEAT! Still nothing...
Am I missing something? or do I just need to keep beating the damn thing? I didnt see any bolt to remove or anything else that could possibly be holding this damn thing in, but damn! Help.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:31 PM
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I don't know whether it will work or not, but try cutting the boots open, then seperating the joints, then buy new boots?
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nice to see ya back thou Shiv... too bad ur axle is giving you fits..
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Ok... in case anyone searches the archives and sees this thread:
Disclaimer: This is kinda dangerous and if you dont know what your doing, or arent willing to be careful, then keep using the sliding hammer or cut it off.
I figured out an easy solution to my problem I posted above. I used a 5 ton "Come along" attached to the tow hooks on my neighbors dakota (parking brake on) and wrapped the other end around the neck of the half shaft. I also attached a chain to other side of my durango on the frame and anchored it tightly to a tree to keep the vehicle from being pulled off the jack stands while I applied tension.
Anyway, once it was all set up, I very carefully started cranking the "come along" until it was nice and tight and then gave the axle a couple raps with a hammer and off it came. Be sure not to ratchet the come along too much or I imagine that sucker could very well fly off, potentially damaging something..
Anyway, its off, and it wasnt at all rusted/seized like I though it was.. That damn retaining clip in there just would break loose..
Got it all back together and running like a champ.

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nice to see ya back thou Shiv... too bad ur axle is giving you fits..
Thanks Jarhead, its been too long. Got busy with work, pimping out my bike, and the family... not in that order, but close... hope all is well with you and yours.
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if the pry bar dont work then what i normally used is a pair of huge channel locks on the back of the axle then beat that with the hammer while holding the channel locks on the axle. pops out everytime. sometimes a freind can be handy.

this works very good for axle on the newer caravans because their axles dont have "notches" for a prybar to grab on the driver side.
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if the pry bar dont work then what i normally used is a pair of huge channel locks on the back of the axle then beat that with the hammer while holding the channel locks on the axle. pops out everytime. sometimes a freind can be handy.

this works very good for axle on the newer caravans because their axles dont have "notches" for a prybar to grab on the driver side.
I will have to try that next time. Sounds like a good idea.
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