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Feb 27, 2016, 7:46 PM

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I am trying to replace the front passenger side CV axle on 2004 subaru forester. The old one broke while I was removing it, and there is a piece remaining in the car where the axle enters the engine. I'm not sure how to get it out, and this is what I need help with. I have the new one and I can see the piece that is stuck is held in with a retaining's a thin c-shaped ring that fits into a groove at the end of the axle. I'm attached pictures of the piece I'm having trouble removing. One pic shows from wheel level looking in; the other shows from top down through the hood. I've tried using a pry bar between the piece and the engine, but it's not working.

Any advice on how to remove this piece?

(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Feb 27, 2016, 8:36 PM)

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Feb 27, 2016, 11:32 PM

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Can't see your pic. Do you mean the inboard CV axle housing is still plugged into the transmission? If that is so, you must have removed the rest of the axle shaft and joint.

I've had success getting those stubborn ones out by clamping a set of big vise grips onto the edge of the housing. Then take a slide hammer with a hook on the end and connect it over the vise grip jaws. The housing should pop right off with a slap of the slide hammer.

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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Feb 27, 2016, 11:34 PM)

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Feb 28, 2016, 7:30 AM

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Thank you very much for your reply, and you understood my problem even without the pictures. I didn't have a slide hammer (but I now at least know what one is :) ), but I ended up getting it out with some persistence with the pry bar and a hammer. Your reply told me I wasn't necessarily doing anything wrong....just needed to try some additional ways of applying force. Now got the new one in (that was kind of difficult to fit in also, but I managed) and the vibrations that prompted this repair are gone.

I really appreciate your help, this is actually the first repair I've done myself and am amazed I got it done!

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Feb 28, 2016, 9:16 AM

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Something that often makes it come out easier is to use 2 pry bars at the same time, one on each side. That make it come out straighter with less binding or jamming of the lock clip.


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