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Old 11-13-2006, 08:34 PM
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Any FWD mechanics?

I'm trying to get the front axle to pop out of the transaxle housing. I replaced both axles on this 7-year old Kia, and the old ones snapped out pretty easily. But of course, lucky me, I tore the seal on the left side and its dumping oil. I can't get the new axle back out.

I now have a chisel wedged between the axle and housing, and I whacked it as hard as I could. It won't budge. If I can't do this thing myself, off to the dump it goes. As I said, its a 7-year old Kia probably not worth the cost of a shop visit. What else can I try?

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Old 11-13-2006, 08:44 PM
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Try two wedges. One on either side. Could be you are moving the axle joint to one side in stead of out. Two tools will rovide a more even pull inhte proper direction.
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:57 PM
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Try a pry bar between the CV joint and the transaxle housing. Beating on a wedge sounds pretty extreem.
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the little clip on the end of the new shaft has more tension than the old ones. will it go back in? i remember using a pry bar when i did them on a buddys honda.
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I have a pry bar but I can't get a real good angle on it since its on jack stands. I have better access from the top and limited on the bottom. I'll try the wedge on the opposite side next. Hopefully I won't bust a hole through the housing.
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will it push back in?
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will it push back in?
The new axle is already in, but I have to take it back out to replace the bad seal. It went in without any problem.
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Push it back in to free up the binding on the clip, then hold it straight when prying out again, otherwise like stated earlier try to pry from 2 opoposed positions. It sounds to me like the shaft and/or clip are binding due to the angle of removal.
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I have a very long, wide flat screwdriver. It's about 2 feet long with a 3/4 inch wide blade. Can you get a couple of those or something similar (maybe even a crowbar) and just "twist" them alongside the shaft while inserted in the groove in order to pry them out? Just a thought...
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Question Kia

Why have a unit that Implies,one might be killed in action? J-N-T
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Why have a unit that Implies,one might be killed in action? J-N-T
I thought about that. That's why I have TWO jack stands plus the tire underneath the frame, just in case. It would suck to be mortally wounded working on a Kia.
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CV Shaht Removal

What I have done on these is to move shaft back into it home position and then get a short piece of 2x4 and from an angle on the portion of the housing that is giving you fits hit the other end of the 2x4.

This has worked on American made auto's more than once.

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how about a slide hammer.. should take care of it in one blow. good luck.
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Old 11-24-2006, 08:04 PM
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I tried everything except the slide hammer. I actually snapped a chisel while prying against it. I have a 3ft pry bar with a good angle and all my 200lbs can't make it budge. I'm thinking I can put a U-clamp around it, and tighten it down so it forces itself between the axle and housing. Otherwise..?
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:55 AM
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Update:
The car is now at an indie, and he can't get the axle out either. But he does not give up easily.

It's now obvious the wrong snap ring was put on the axle during the rebuild. I'm screwed if it doesn't come out because the car is undrivable. I don't even think the transaxle can come out without disconnecting the axles first. What are the chances of going after NAPA for some kind of compensation?

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