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    Half Shaft don't want to come out

    Trying to send my axles out to DSS because of what they will need to ensue in the near future.

    The problem is they WILL NOT come off. They are supposed to be easy to get off, but absolutely will not come off. We tried a tool from Advance that is supposed to make it easy, nope. Tried heating them up, nope. Tried impact tool, nope. Tried banging on it with hammers, nope.

    Has anyone else had this problem or know someone who has? Any ideas?

    I wonder if the hundreds of drag strip launches had anything to do with this.

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    Are you having trouble removing the half shaft from the hub or the diff output flange?
    Eppur si muove.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GeorgiaTech335Coupe Click here to enlarge
    Trying to send my axles out to DSS because of what they will need to ensue in the near future.

    The problem is they WILL NOT come off. They are supposed to be easy to get off, but absolutely will not come off. We tried a tool from Advance that is supposed to make it easy, nope. Tried heating them up, nope. Tried impact tool, nope. Tried banging on it with hammers, nope.

    Has anyone else had this problem or know someone who has? Any ideas?

    I wonder if the hundreds of drag strip launches had anything to do with this.
    Did you try the screw-type axle press that threads into the hub (using lug bolts) and is turned by a wrench? That is the only thing that worked for me. You can
    rent one from Auto-Zone, etc.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    Are you having trouble removing the half shaft from the hub or the diff output flange?
    Need to know this first.




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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by E90SoFlo Click here to enlarge
    Need to know this first.
    From the hub.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by CBR335 Click here to enlarge
    Did you try the screw-type axle press that threads into the hub (using lug bolts) and is turned by a wrench? That is the only thing that worked for me. You can
    rent one from Auto-Zone, etc.
    Tried it, didn't work.

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    Did you try dousing the splines with a penetrating lubricate like PB Blaster?
    Eppur si muove.

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    Did you ask nicely? "PLEASE remove yourself!"

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    1. Re-install rear wheels
    2. Rev to 5k rpm
    3. Release clutch

    sorry, i have nothing constructive to add. Click here to enlarge GL
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lulz_m3 Click here to enlarge
    1. Re-install rear wheels
    2. Rev to 5k rpm
    3. Release clutch

    sorry, i have nothing constructive to add. Click here to enlarge GL
    Maybe with so many hard launches in forward gears, if he follows your procedure, but with the transmission in reverse instead, it will loosen the stuck parts.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    Maybe with so many hard launches in forward gears, if he follows your procedure, but with the transmission in reverse instead, it will loosen the stuck parts.
    I tried to pop a wheelie in my civic like that once, it didn't work.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lulz_m3 Click here to enlarge
    I tried to pop a wheelie in my civic like that once, it didn't work.
    How would you have known it wasn't going to work unless you tried? You did the right thing.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    Did you try dousing the splines with a penetrating lubricate like PB Blaster?
    A whole can

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    Have you tried dry ice? You're going to destroy the bearing anyway, might be worth a shot.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by klipseracer Click here to enlarge
    Did you ask nicely? "PLEASE remove yourself!"
    Lol. Actually, yes we did try this. I should post up the screenshot of the text where I tell my shop "try asking it nicely to come off"

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GeorgiaTech335Coupe Click here to enlarge
    Lol. Actually, yes we did try this. I should post up the screenshot of the text where I tell my shop "try asking it nicely to come off"
    It was worth a shot! Sometimes problems like these solve themselves mysteriously. The seventeenth time to do it the same way, it just suddenly works.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajm8127 Click here to enlarge
    How would you have known it wasn't going to work unless you tried? You did the right thing.

    Exactly. Common sense and physics can't beat hands on experience.

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    You need one of these http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...ator-3979.html

    If you have extended bolts it REALLY helps.

    You put it on, tighten them equally and smack the spline with a rubber mallet every few minutes. Pull and tug and don't give up.. I did this like 3 weeks ago. They're a $#@!.




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    I presume the cv joint/half shaft side on the diff side is already loose?

    You need a tool like this:
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    It will push the half shaft out of the drive flange hub (but be shure that the half shaft on the diff side is disconnected or the cv joint will break)

    A puller like this will do the job when the splines are a bit damaged (That's what I had)
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    Mine was also seized and ended up takin it to a garage who used a punch and a large sledgehammer to knock it out. I ended up damaging mine trying to remove them myself but was lucky that I was swapping to the m3 rear end setup
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    If you knock it out with a sledgehammer you can also replace the bearing.....
    Another part that is probably even more stuck in the rear axle/suspension arm, just as the drive flange hub is (and you have to get that out first)Click here to enlarge

    Use a normal puller/press that only puts force between the drive flange and half shaft so the wheel bearing won't be damaged.... That's the way to do it.
    TIS has an equivalent worksheet for it with bmw special tools (based on the same principle)
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    Gad I've replaced 5 on my car.. Never had an issue, but my car was completely rustless, but your best bet will be pulling the rear spindle out And running it trough a press. And changing the bareing out you might have to add heat to it. Sucks but GL.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GuidoK Click here to enlarge
    If you knock it out with a sledgehammer you can also replace the bearing.....


    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GeorgiaTech335Coupe Click here to enlarge
    Tried heating them up, nope. Tried impact tool, nope. Tried banging on it with hammers, nope.
    Heating it up and banging on it with hammers... These bearings were written off some time ago.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
    Heating it up and banging on it with hammers... These bearings were written off some time ago.
    Lol yes that's true. Forgot about that.

    The one who thought about this should get a prize:
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    Much easier than removing the trailing arm and trying to put that under a press.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by GuidoK Click here to enlarge
    Lol yes that's true. Forgot about that.

    The one who thought about this should get a prize:
    http://www.bimmerboost.com/images/im...ionSmall-1.jpg

    Much easier than removing the trailing arm and trying to put that under a press.
    LOL, THAT is awesome.
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