come on nobody'* done this before? I was hoping to find a write-up but the only one i found was for a grand prix. There is no room to pry on anything, nor is there room to fit a puller so how do you get this thing out?
thats what ive been using for 3 hours! All it wants to do is move back and forth but the axle wont come off the retaining ring. I went and got a slide hammer with several attachments but none of them will hold on or reach around the "cup" of the cv joint. If i had some sort of a fork that would wrap around that "cup" and attach to the slide hammer things would be gravy.
ok so after reading the tech info write up it looks like you have to separate the ball joint to get this thing out. Is this the case? If so how does the strut assy. work on these cars? In my grand prix if you separated the lower control arm it was very difficult to re-align everything. If i can get the outboard part of the shaft separated and removed I can then use the slide hammer to remove the tripot.
I didn't have to seperate the ball joint. I undid the spindle, left the ball joint attached, popped the outer end of the CV joint out of the spindle, and swung it aside. I then had a crap load of free room to pop it out of the tranny.
Except for not having the correct sized hub socket, I was done in about 1.5 hours.
IIRC, getting it to pop out was a helluva lot easier than getting the lock ring to seat correctly and pop back in.
ok I have been trying to get the cv axle out for going on 6 hours! there is not enough clearance to remove the shaft with the weels straight or in either lock position. The only way i see to remove it is by dropping the ball joint. I am wondering though...
If I remove the ball joint is the strut tower going to extend downward? Is there anything I need to do to limit that or can I just pop it out and let it go. Also how do i get enough clearance to get the ball joint out when the control arm is pushing up so hard.