Okay, probably addressed before but I can't find it using "search"... I want to replace the front CV axle assemblies on my '86 Escort diesel with 5-speed manual. I removed the old half-shafts weeks ago as part of an engine pull. The problem is I could never completely remove the right axle. The driver's side came out of the transaxle easily with a good jerk on the steering knuckle. The passenger side didn't go so well. I ended up ripping the inboard boot away from the outer race, leaving the end of the axle with the outer race still inserted in the transaxle. Prying didn't work either and scared me. How do I safely get this stub out of the transaxle? I have an '85 Ford Service Manual which should be applicable to my '86. (Only difference I notice is that my axles use the "tripod" CV joint which Ford started using with the 85-1/2 model.) The manual says "If the CV joint assembly cannot be pried from the transaxle, insert Tool T81P-4026-A or equivalent through the left side and tap the joint out." What's so special about this tool? Can I use a wooden dowel (cut off broom handle?) to punch out the axle stub from the inside? I don't have shipping plugs required per the manual, either, but I've read that a wood dowel inserted in the transaxle would serve the same purpose -- that is, to prevent the gears from dislocating. I haven't done this yet on the left side since I still have the axle stub in the right side and I understand that is enough to prevent gear dislocation. (Gawd, I hope that's right!!) If I can punch it out using a wooden dowel all the way through the transaxle from the left side, do I just keep the dowel in place until ready to put in the new half-shaft? Thanx!