How To: remove a half shaft with a frozen axle nut

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  1. DualXhst289

    DualXhst289 New Member

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    This this axle nut is going no where. At least for me its not since I dont have access to fire. I bent and almost broke a pry bar and a breaker bar trying to get it off.

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    But I had to get this half shaft out to remove the motor/transmission. Heres how I did it. Hopefully someone finds this useful.

    First thing I did was remove the lower ball joint from the control arm.
    Second thing was disconnect the outer tie rod from the spindle.
    The next thing I did was removed the (2) inner bolts (towards the middle of the car) from the strut in the engine compartment and LOOSENED the outer (2) bolts. I loosened them enough that the strut could pivot left to right but still be held in place.

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    As you can see, only alittle over half of the nut is threaded.

    With the ball joint, outer tie rod disconnected, the strut can now pivot enough that the half shaft can be taken out of the transmisson.

    From underneath the car, I was able to use about a 2ft pry bar to pop the half shaft out of the transmisson. You should already have the splash shield removed from the wheel well at this point. If not, remove it. the half shaft can then be lowered underneath the car.

    I was then able to turn the strut (since it is dissconnected from the ball joint and tie rod.

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    When turning the strut, swing the half shaft out from underneath the car. I then grabbed some zip ties and hung it from the bottom of the car. Do this keeps the half shaft joints straight while you are removing the rest of the transmisson/engine.

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    Hope this helps.
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    wow, much easier!!! thanks for posting how to do that, I usually just take the caliper off, undo the strut to knuckle bolts, and pop the ball joints loose and just remove the whole spindle, oh and of course tie rod comes out too.

    but your way looks easier actually. thanks for sharing that experience.
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    No prob...I actually stared at that damn bolt for over a hour trying to figure out how to get around it. Ill say, it was easier then removing it all. I only did it on the DS but im pretty sure it would work on the PS also

    Glad I could help. Let me know how it goes next time you have to take it out.....hopefully not anytime soon...LOL

    EDIT: You may even be able to do this with out removing the rotor and the caliper....
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    yeah man I was thinking you can prolly do it with out removing the calipers or anything, just turn it so it doesn't rip the hose out lol.

    I'm going to have to take my 1.9's trans out soon the rear main is leaking like a siv!!! so I'ma do that in a few weeks, clutch is still like new it just drips a ton.... like this .............................

    ha ha, so that will come in helpful when I do the 1.9's trans removal :D
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    Good luck man!

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