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chrish0518732010-08-09 19:25:46 +0000 #1
hey guys

on my arctic cat 400 FIS , I have changed the seals on the front dif,,heck probably 2 times on each side...just give them axles a good yank and bammm she comes out...

well now i am onto the rear axle....i cannot get this SOB to come out...and to boot...i pulled the axle out of the outer cv joint.

can you guys give me some good pointers to get this axle out

thanks

chris
TX4PLAY2010-08-09 19:27:34 +0000 #2
See if you can hunt down a slide hammer, local parts store may lend you one. That'll get it out.
RedneckOfTheWoods2010-08-09 19:42:55 +0000 #3


But you may end up pulling the axle out of the inner cv that way.
tacoma_20022010-08-09 19:41:06 +0000 #4
I usually use (on IFS trucks) two long screwdrivers. Put the drivers in around each side between the diff and axle. Push one and pull the other...Becareful as to not damage the diff seal. It also helps to rotate the axle a little if it doesnt come out immediately..the circlip has to line up perfectly in order to pop out.

Pry for a second, spin, pry for a second, spin...repeat until it pops out.

Sometimes you can just "pull" the axle out, but more often than not the Circlip is stubborn and you have to use the "screwdriver" method. I'd use a slide hammer as a last resort.
chrish0518732010-08-09 19:47:28 +0000 #5
ok well...i still could not get that SOB out !! I am wandering if there is some sludge(yep i forgot about the diffs for a year or so at first when new) around the axle where the clip is not letting it decompress small enough to let the axle come out ? do you think ,and is it safe to run some diesel through it for a bit to loosen any junk up in there ?
tacoma_20022010-08-09 21:03:07 +0000 #6
The gear oil shouldn't break down as easily as engine oil, so more than likey there isn't any sludge in there. If the diff grease was clean then you shouldn't have any mud/grit built up in the spines or around the clip.

Did you use the screwdrivers? Its a bit frustrating at first, but after a little practice you can pop um out everytime! If the axles have never been out then the Circlips are probably still stiff and stubborn...your actually supposed to replace those everytime you remove the axle, but I never do; therefore making it easier to remove the next time...if that clip is the only thing thats holding the axle into place, then your in bad shape .

On the diesel note, it will not hurt the differential to cycle some through, but unless there is lots of mud/grit in there I see no need in it.

If at first you dont succeed try, try, try, again!
chrish0518732010-08-09 20:38:00 +0000 #7
Quote:

Originally Posted by tacoma_2002

The gear oil shouldn't break down as easily as engine oil, so more than likey there isn't any sludge in there.

On the diesel note, it will not hurt the differential to cycle some through, but unless there is lots of mud/grit in there I see no need in it.

If at first you dont succeed try, try, try, again!

yea...i can remember back in 2006..there was sludge,clumpy crap in there and i remember taking some air and some brake cleaner to get things loosened up to get it to come out

i will in fact try again...what is the best replacement boot,,,and where is the best place to buy the clamps and the clamp tool ?

thanks for the help

chris
tacoma_20022010-08-09 20:12:21 +0000 #8
I bought my boot tool from Snap-On when I worked at a Ford Dealership, but Napa has them also. I use just standard replacement boots from Ebay or my local atv shop.

If there was sludge in there it was probably dirt...It wouldn't hurt to flush it with diesel fuel or carb cleaner....the brake parts cleaner is a little harder on the seals than the carb cleaner.
chrish0518732010-08-09 20:42:31 +0000 #9
thanks...i will let you know how it turns out

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