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CV Axle will not come out.

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Jul 3, 2011, 11:05 PM

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Focus ZX3
2.0 DOHC
Automatic Transmission
85,100 Miles

I decided to change out my drivers side cv axle. I have taken off the wheel, removed the axle nut, loosened the three strut mounting nuts five turns, and used a puller to press out the driveaxle out of the hub. At this point the cv axle is left to be taken out of the transmission. I've tried to reach in and pull the cv axle out with my hands, used a pry bar for leverage to pop it out, used the pry bar and a hammer to use a bit more force, and used a rope with a slip knot to use repeated forceful jerks in hopes of getting it out. My Chilton repair manual suggest using a slide hammer. I have not been able to find one with the right attachment in order to use that method for removing the cv axle. Anything I have tried has not worked. I have taken the steps in the manual but nothing helps.

Is there something I am missing? Should the cv axle just pop out as the manual states? Do you have any other recommendations to get the driveaxle out of the transmission?

Thank you,

Hammer Time
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Jul 4, 2011, 7:57 AM

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Yes, a lot bigger bar. They take an extreme amount of force to release the lock ring that' holding it in. You need to get a very long prybar and get it under the C/V housing and pry against the trans housing. Give it a hard, snapping motion to pop it loose.


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Jul 4, 2011, 3:04 PM

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A friend of mine made his own tool for this.
He took a cheap harborfreight slidehammer and welded a vice grip on the end of it. I'm about to make my own soon.

Your only as good as your tools!

Double J
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Jul 4, 2011, 7:45 PM

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If you do not have any luck removing it with a pry bar then go to Autozone,
Rent a Slide Hammer and purchase the adapter to pull the axle .Adapter is $20.00

OEM/FWD Axle Puller Adapter Price: $20.00
Part Number: 27058
Alternate Part Number: AZ977 AVAILABILITY: STORE PICK UP AVAILABLE Normally stocked at your local store. SHIP TO HOME AVAILABLE Ships within 2 business days. Eligible for FREE 2-Day Shipping
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Features & BenefitsOEM automotive specialty tools are designed to perform day after day in any environment. Our engineers design tools that maximize both performance and budget. OEM tools out-perform the competition time after time.
  • Use with OEM slide hammer #27033
  • Pull inner CV joints with hidden retaining rings form front wheel drive vehicles without damaging joints
  • Heat treated for strength
  • Black oxide finish to resist rust
Part Number: 27058 Weight: 1.05 lbs Warranty: 3 MO Application: Pull inner CV joints with hidden retaining rings form front wheel drive vehicles without damaging joints. Capacity (Tons): 0.25 Color/Finish: Black and Silver Package Contents: 1 FWD Puller Adapter Tool Material: Steel Shipping Information: Overnight and Two Day shipping are not available for PO Box, APO/FPO/DPO or US Territory addresses.


Jul 4, 2011, 8:23 PM

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I have tried everything, bigger hammer, bigger pry bar, I even parked my Jeep next to it for an anchor to us my come-a-long and it just wanted to pull my car sideways. At this point I will try anything! I'm headed to Autozone to attempt the slide hammer with the adaptor.


Jul 4, 2011, 9:26 PM

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I went to Autozone and picked up the slide hammer and the attachment and after about ten pulls it was out.

I want to thank you soooooo much. If it wasn't for this site, I would still be under the car using non G rated language beating away at it.

Thank you again,


CV Axle will not come out.

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