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Old 10-09-2007, 07:54 AM   #1
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dana 30 axle shaft removal

Alright i am installing an aussi locker in my dana 30, and i cannot remove the axle shafts for the life of me. I have removed my calipers and the three steering knuckle bolts. As far as i have read everywhere, you just carefully slide it out after doing this. The thing wont budge, i havent removed the hub but you dont need to to remove the shaft. Nothing else is holding this thing in. I have used a slide hammer and still nothing. All the guides i have tell me to just slide out the shafts, but that thing feels like its welded in. Anyone have any suggestions, or am i totally mssing something

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If you are having problems removing the bearing, put a really long (really long) bolt in the lower rear bolt hole for the bearing, thread it in a ways. Then get in the jeep and carefully turn the steering wheel till the bolt hits the Knuckle on the axle, so it pushes it out.

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Old 10-09-2007, 08:07 AM   #3
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I will try that today, i just cant believe its in their that tight that a slide hammer wouldnt work. This strategy hopefully will work and wont damage anything Thanks!
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Here is a write up I did a while back.

Follow the anti seize step, and next time you are in there it will almost fall off.

http://www.terrajeepclub.com/MemberF...ead.php?t=1352
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I have another question, am i right in the fact that the hub doesnt need to be removed to slide the axle out a few inches?
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No, it must be removed. The big nut in the hub is torqued to 175 ft/lbs. It pre loads the bearing, and wont allow the shaft to move in or out. Make sure you torque that nut, otherwise the bearing will fail.
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No, it must be removed. The big nut in the hub is torqued to 175 ft/lbs. It pre loads the bearing, and wont allow the shaft to move in or out. Make sure you torque that nut, otherwise the bearing will fail.
Um..the hub and shaft will come out as one section if the back three bolts are removed.
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Um..the hub and shaft will come out as one section if the back three bolts are removed.
X2. If you are just removing the shafts to put a locker in all you need to take out are the 3 unit bearing bolts on the back side of the knuckle. Odds are your unit bearings are just rust/friction welded themselves to the knuckles.
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Never said they had to be seperated, but the hub does need to be removed (from the knuckle).

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