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Old 05-28-2008, 10:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CV Axle Removal HELP!

I'm trying to replace the driverside cv axle on my truck (95 diesel) I got axle unbolted from the differental and the hub. the caliper is off, the tierod end is off and the top balljoint poped out. after all of that I cant get the axle out of the truck its probally 1" to short. do I need to pop the lower ball joint out too to get the axle out? Im stuck here guys not sure what to do, currently Im waiting till tommorow when I can borrow a buddys pickel fork to pop the lower balljoint out.
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Should come off where you are at. Service manual says to remove stabilizer mountings to allow removal of halfshaft.
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Should come off where you are at. Service manual says to remove stabilizer mountings to allow removal of halfshaft.
Stabilizer meaning the sway bar links?
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The only thing we've ever had to take off is the upper ball joint. It will snake out of there without taking everything else apart. Just keep working with it and you'll find the right angle for it. It will BARELY make it past the spindle, but it will go. I've done several this way.
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I can get them out of my 1 ton just by removing the swaybar end links so the outer CV slides past. Not a lot of room but it can be done.
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Remove the sway bar link and unbolt the shock.

FYI, You can also remove the CV axle by removing the wheel bearing instead of poping the ball joints. Just changed my shaft this way.
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Forgot about the shock (it's been a while).

I DO like the idea of just removing the sway bar end links, though. Does that go for 1/2 tons, as well as the heavier chassis?
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Dunno, never owned a 1/2 ton Chevy.
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Be Careful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the torsion bar has a lot of pressure on it!!!!!!! Not the sway bar but the torsion bar!!!!!!!!!!!! it is going to be applying a lot of pressure on your lower A arm in a downward motion.
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According to a guy I work with (former GM tech) you can remove the axles from any IFS chevy without disassembling anything but the swaybar end link. I KNOW you can do it for 8 lug suspensions.
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