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Old 01-25-2019, 01:50 PM
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e53 4.8is Front Drive Shaft Help Please?

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Please help me out here if you can?


I need to replace my (RHD) Right Side Front Drive Shaft.



Problem: We cannot get the old shaft to come out from the trans box?



Are we missing a trick here? My guy who is doing the work has tried slide hammers, drilling a bolt into the old shaft to get a ratchet strap onto it & using old hub puller.



It will not come past the circlip. My guy tells me it should allow the shaft to pull out. We can see the clip and the shaft has small amount of movement but it will not come free.


We do not want to mess with transfer box if at all possible. He had suggested removing the opposite shaft and trying to push something (a bar) thru the box to knock it out from the other side. I am not keen on this as we could damage the trans box.



  • How should this come out?
  • Any tricks on getting it out?
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:21 PM
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What do you mean right side front driveshaft? There one front and one rear driveshaft.
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Old 01-25-2019, 06:29 PM
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I am referring to the shafts with the cv joints that drive all four wheels.


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I'm a little confused lol....There is a front differential which houses the 2 front cv axles. From there, there is the front driveshaft which hooks up to the front part of the transfer case. From the transfer case, there is the rear driveshaft that hooks up to the rear differential which houses the rear axles. If its the front CV Axle, don't be shy. Carefully hit it with a big hammer at the end of a big flathead and it should free up enough to pull out. DO NOT hit the seal as it will damage it.
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I'm a little confused lol....There is a front differential which houses the 2 front cv axles. From there, there is the front driveshaft which hooks up to the front part of the transfer case. From the transfer case, there is the rear driveshaft that hooks up to the rear differential which houses the rear axles. If its the front CV Axle, don't be shy. Carefully hit it with a big hammer at the end of a big flathead and it should free up enough to pull out. DO NOT hit the seal as it will damage it.


Thank you. It will be the front CV Joint. We will try again tomorrow in the daylight. I appreciate your help here.


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The good news is the right CV is a lot easier to remove than the left.

Get under and set up a nice big chisel/breaker bar, caught on a bump of the CV and use a BFH to bang it. 2-3 hits it should come off.

If that doesn't work, I would cut a notch in the axle in a good spot where you can use leverage to pry.


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The good news is the right CV is a lot easier to remove than the left.

Get under and set up a nice big chisel/breaker bar, caught on a bump of the CV and use a BFH to bang it. 2-3 hits it should come off.

If that doesn't work, I would cut a notch in the axle in a good spot where you can use leverage to pry.


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The above technic works very well. Don't be afraid to really hit it! Love taps won't get it out, give it a nice solid firm smack and it should pop right out. Try and keep the axle as level as possible. Sometimes rotating the axle in between hits helps find that sweet spot as well. You will get it out!
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It will be a few days now before we can get back in this.

Thank you all for the great help. Keep it coming.

The thinking is it may have been damaged when it broke the CV joint.

We will try to hold it level before giving it another few whacks. FYI. My guy still an 8mm bolt into the shaft and we still cannot get it out.


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It will be a few days now before we can get back in this.

Thank you all for the great help. Keep it coming.

The thinking is it may have been damaged when it broke the CV joint.

We will try to hold it level before giving it another few whacks. FYI. My guy still an 8mm bolt into the shaft and we still cannot get it out.


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Right angle grinder will cut a groove you can put on a washer and a snap ring and get 1000s of pounds of force.

Not long ago somebody had a jammed snap ring and he had to remove the differential to get it out. If I recall correctly the dif was saved and he only had to replace the already destroyed CV.
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