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I am in the process of replacing the drivers side axle on my 93LX. I am having a problem removing the axle from the transmission. My repair manual says to use a large screw driver to pry it out. Instead I have been using a small-medium size screwdriver with no luck.

Should I purchase a large screw driver or is there a specific tool that I need that will work better? It doesn't seem to want to budge and there isn't a lot of room to get to the axle.

Thanks./David
 

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generally the shafts on a FWD car will pop out without any specialty tools ... you just have to find an appropriate place to apply leverage, and apply ENOUGH leverage ... I'm not familiar enough with the escort yet to say for sure, but based on the imports I've worked on, the only thing you might need to look out for is to make sure not to damage the tranny seal(s) as you remove and replace ... large screwdrivers or scissor jack levers with curved tire tool ends will do the trick ...
 

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ok... i am used to the 1.8 but they should be nearly identical in the cornfiguration...

you can get a special tool but it would probably cost WAY too much for one use. to use this tool its basically a pipe with 2 fingers comming off the end

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and you have to remove the passangers side stub shaft (held to the block by bolts then will slide out of tranny much easier than the drivers side then you slide that tool in and it hugs the diff pinion shaft but this way you can hammer on the end of the drivers side shaft... ALOT of extra work if your not doing the passangers side already...

now i have done this a couple ways... the first way is a nearly for sure thing that it will come out it just takes time and anger to get it out... this is done with a regular pry bar, look for a longer pry bar but one thats not super thin... because the thin ones tend to spring instead of POP just place it between the tranny case and axle and POP it out... your dealing with a circlip so it must be a POP not gradual pressure.

the second way (much easier) is find a pry bar that goes from fat to pointy in a short distance, wedge it between the axle and tranny case then beat on the end with a bfh (big... uh... freakin hammer) this should separate the 2... when i did it this way i was in a shop i didnt normally use and he had a large variety of pry bars, alot of them didnt work but one worked like a charm... if you dont have a bunch to choose from i would suggest either risk spending alot of money on a couple different pry bars or just get one that will do the first option.
 

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Three words: crowbar.

Use a flathead screwdriver to get a gap open, then git yo crow up in dat biyatch an drop dat isht like its hot.
 

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i think we should put a link to a cv axle removal guide on the home page. I've honestly answered this same question atleast a dozen times.
 

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i popped mine off with a crowbar and one good whack from a 4lb mini sledge hammer
 

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Thanks for the replys. I ended up using the tire iron from the trunk. I taped the sharp end of it and used as a pry par and pushed on it but it still didn't work. Wedging it up there and twisting the thing is what finally caused it to pop out.
 
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