While replacing my tie rod ends and ball joints, I screwed up and ripped the CV boot on the driver's side axle. To make a long story short, I now have a replacement axle which I am trying to install. The problem I'm having is that I can't get the old axle out of the transmission. I've tried prying with screwdrivers, pry bars, and wedging a ball joint fork in and hammering on it. I also tried a slide hammer with the axle puller attachment (rented from Autozone) but the tool is very difficult to fit in, and the threads on the tool happened to be stripped, making it even harder to use. I'm looking at $130 labor to take it to a garage up the road tomorrow morning if I can't get it out. Any last suggestions before I put it back together and drive it over? I've tried everything I could find on the first 10 pages of the drive train forum, and so far nothing has worked. Thanks.