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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #1
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Default good way to pull the axles out of a dana 44

ok so i was tearing down my wagoneer dana 44 rear axle and i pulled the retainer and backing plates and couldnt get the axles to pull out
i tried puling on it with a slide hammer and it didnt budge
i was wondering if anybody had a good clever way of freeing the axles

and the axle is not in the vehicle
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Old July 25th, 2012, 10:41 AM   #2
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i know someone has to have a creative solution
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Old July 25th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #3
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Does it have a c-clip in the dif?
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Old July 25th, 2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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is it a ful floater? If not then likely has a c clip. a pic could help.
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If everything is removed that needs to be to allow it to come out then I have done this before in a pinch while doing trail repair. Take a chain and loop it around the flange on the rear axle shaft and secure it to itself, then pull the chain taught and do sort of a snapping motion, almost as if your trying to snap a towel. It took a few attempts but it worked for me. *Make sure everything is removed thought that needs to be to allow the axle shaft to come out or you can cause some serious damage*
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The last wag axle we had was rusted in place, just had to hit it harder. Should be no c-clips, and it's just a semifloat axle.

Strap it down so you aren't chasing it. The put a tire & wheel on it, but only tighten the lugs a few turns, enough to not come off. Now use the weight of the wheel as the slide hammer.

Or use a sledge and hit the tire, kinda like breaking an aluminum wheel free. If it gets to that, I'd recommend tightening the lugs so the hits transfer to the shaft.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 01:05 PM   #7
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No it's not a c clip axle..
We tried prety hard last night with a hammer and a slide hammer
It's stuck good
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can you tell if the splines are somehow stuck in the side gears, or is the bearing stuck in the end of the housing?

Has the axle shaft moved at all?
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im prety sure the bearing is stuck in the housing
and no it hasnt moved at all
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i got it
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Which method did you use to get it out?
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Might want to throw an alignment bar on it to make sure it wasn't hard to get out because it was bent...
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I used the combination of a slide hammer and
A big lead hammer I beat on it in just about every direction and pulled out on it all the way around the axle and the bearing finnaly popped out

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I doubt it is bent
It was prety rusty
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