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Axle Removal Need Help

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by engraveyard, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. Dec 25, 2006
    engraveyard

    engraveyard New Member

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    I am new at this. We just pickup a 1975 jeep that we are starting a groundup restoration. I have already removed the body, engine and now I am removing the suspension. I am trying to remove the rear axle from the differential to check the bearings etc...(Dana44). I have the 6 bolts off the back plate. The flange is solid. I tried a slide hammer (rented from the local auto parts store) to loosen the axle shaft but it wont grab behind the flange. Should the axle pull right out or is there a pin somewhere that I am missing?
     
  2. Dec 25, 2006
    dvader

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    The axle should pull right out. They can be pretty tight. I use a slide hammer that has a flat plate that bolts to the out side of the flange.
     
  3. Dec 25, 2006
    engraveyard

    engraveyard New Member

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    so once I remove the 6 bolts the axle should pull right out.
     
  4. Dec 25, 2006
    w3srl

    w3srl Semi-retired in Florida Staff Member

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    The outer bearing race is a press-fit into the axle housing, this is what actually holds the bearing in place. Once you bolt the backing plate onto the housing, THAT holds the bearing race in place.

    A quick & dirty way to get the axle shafts out is to put the brake drumback onto the axle BACKWARDS, and thread the lug nuts on 1-2 full turns. That should leave you about 1/2-3/4" of stud and you can then use the drum as a slide hammer to pop the axle out. It make take a little while, but it should work.

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    Resist the temptation to beat on the drum with a hammer. It *might* get the axle out but it will almost certainly destroy the drum. AMHIK. :oops:
     
  5. Aug 26, 2019
    Fax Ayres

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    And where do you get replacements for those 6 bolts, which I hear you are not supposed to re-use...?
     
  6. Aug 27, 2019
    sterlclan

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    I have reused the bolts with no issues but any decent hardware store should have the bolts.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2019
    timgr

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    What does the TSM say about this? Should be no issue reusing the bolts. They may call for the nuts to be replaced. Self-locking nuts are supposed to be for one-time use, but there's nothing really wrong with them other than they don't grip as tightly as when they were new. Blue Loctite may be appropriate for reuse.
     
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  8. Aug 27, 2019
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member 2020 Sponsor

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    When I redid mine a few months ago, I cleaned up the bolts and nuts and re-used with some blue loc-tite. The bolts on mine did have some grinding on one of the hex points so it was flat and would have the clearance needed with the axle tube - this also acts to hold the bolt when loosening/tightening the nut as fitting a wrench on the backside would have been tight. In a perfect world I would have replaced the nuts with new lock nuts but they old ones still functioned enough that I could not spin them on by hand (so loc-tite it was), and its hard to go to the hardware store when the jeep doesn't have axles in it.
     
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  9. Aug 27, 2019
    joltes

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    I used the brake drum as a slide hammer, as mentioned above... It worked great for me.
     
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  10. Sep 21, 2019
    timgr

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    Looks like Jeremy Knakmuhs hijacked this thread. It should be split off and moved to the Early forum.
     
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  11. Sep 22, 2019
    Focker

    Focker That's what I do, I know things and I fix stuff. Staff Member 2019 Sponsor

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    Actually Fax Ayres (post #5) brought this 2006 thread back from the dead, but you're right, it needs split and moved.

    Good catch.
     
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  12. Sep 22, 2019
    Focker

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    Split and moved. (y)
     
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  13. Sep 23, 2019
    Jeremy Knakmuhs

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    Sorry about that guys. I'll be sure do check the folders better when posting.
     
  14. Sep 23, 2019
    timgr

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    Please don't interpret this as a scold at any level. IMO, there are two "netiquette" mistakes here. It would have been better to start a new thread with your question, as well picking the right forum. Again IMO, Fax Ayres should also have started a new thread, asking about replacement of the axle bolts. When you start a new thread, and apply a descriptive title, that's very helpful in developing the answer-base that the forum represents. You're also more likely to get into the right forum when you pick where your new post will go.

    I only noticed this because I went to the top of the thread to look for the subject vehicle, and it did not match where the thread went. So I read through all the thread to find how we could be discussing a tapered axle - since there never was a tapered axle delivered in a CJ after about 1970. (Except for the AMC Corporate axles used from '76 on, which are nutted axles).
     
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