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Old 02-25-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Default Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

I noticed that AllData states you should drain the transmission fluid before removing the left drive axle. Is this necessary? I've never had to do this in other vehicles.

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Default Re: Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

Yes, must drain if pulling intermediate shaft or left axle. Or plan on moping up a 4 quart hazardous material spill. You are in California and that spill will be reportable.
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Is there enough wiggle room to pull it out without fully removing the strut assembly?

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Default Re: Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

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Is there enough wiggle room to pull it out without fully removing the strut assembly?

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Either pop the TRE or the ball joint off the knuckle.
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Default Re: Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

Pop the ball joint

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The ball joint stud is a simple pivot, only goes on in one location, so it can't change any alignment geometry.
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Default Re: Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

Is this a good way to separate the ball joint?
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qua...tor-99849.html
I've had luck in the past with a pickle fork and tons of grease to avoid damaging the boot but this looks more proper.
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Default Re: Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

Yes. that will work, but it's a little awkward to use. You can also use a large pry bar and wedge it under the bulge where the lower brake caliper bolt goes. Once wedged in there you can hit the lower knuckle with your BHF and it will pop free.

edit: I like to remove the strut fully to get a nice clear line to reinstall the axle. I vote for removing the strut completely.

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The HF tool works just fine.
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Is this a good way to separate the ball joint?
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-qua...tor-99849.html
That is the tool I've used... several times now

It is a little awkward to set up, but once set up, very easy to use. I don't have a lot of room in the garage to swing a BFH... we cheaped out, 20x24 garage when building the house. That was a mistake; that extra 4' (or more) would have made a big difference.

For some reason, the link in the original post directs to some drip-irrigation thing
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Default Re: Does left axle removal require fluid drain?

Hmm, the axle may not be dead just yet. About 20,000 miles ago all the grease flung out so I've been holding on to this j/y axle waiting to use it. So when the front end started to clunk I figured it was naturally time. However, looking at it closer it actually seems like the clunk is in the top of the strut. I only hear the clunk on rough roads or when sitting on the car. No noise on turning or backing or on smooth roads.
I will be interesting to see how long a degreased axle can actually last. In the past I've not gotten more than a few hundred miles out of them after losing grease.
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