Techinfo article on removing drive axles
Originally Posted by KEOTOK
I might be able to get my hands on a slide hammer. So is it a slip ring or something? That'* what it feels like. And I just hafta apply enough pressure to overcome that?
It'* a circlip fitted into a groove on the end of the shaft. It comes out easiest if it is moving. So, push the shaft into the differential (so the circlip is not binding against the outer edge of the groove) then provide a sharp, outward force keeping the orientation of the shaft a straight as possible. The trick is to get the shaft moving with some force as the circlip hits the groove. That will encourage it to compress and allow the shaft to pop out much more readily than forceful prying.
For the Driver'* side, I have used small tire irons, large screwdrivers or similar levers against the back of the inner tripot joint and usually just need to slap the end of the lever with the heel of my hand to pop them out. IIRC, sometimes I have smacked the prybar with a mallet. But, you need to be careful how you set the prybar and how you apply force so that you don't damage the transmission case.
For the passenger side, a long wooden drift against the tripot struck with a 4-lb sledge from the driver'* side works best.