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Cannot remove the front drive shaft

I took off the 2 UV joint caps. but the UV joint is still enclosed in the front differential.

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    drive shaft has middle section need to remove to get the u joints out



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You have to remove the differential cover this will exp[ose the carfrier gear. you have to remove the end bearing caps make sure you keep them in order they have to be replaced the same way . there is a retaining ring on each axle that must be removed before you can remove the axle. remember wwhen you assemble it back that you replace those rings on the axles. please rate this........thanks

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you can perform either one with some patience and a few tools, the driveshaft is retained by 4 bolts on the rear differential, remove them and pull the drive shaft forward toward transmission,then let down towards ground, and pull the shaft out of the back of transmission,(put down rags as some fluid may leak out).
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  • Lift the rear end of the Explorer with a floor jack. Place jack stands underneath the rear axle, by the leaf spring perches and lower the Explorer onto the stands. Pull the floor jack out of the way. mark both ends of the shaft for reinstalation.

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    Crawl under the rear end and unbolt the universal joint retaining straps from the rear differential yoke.

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    Pull the drive shaft and universal joint away from the rear differential yoke by hand.

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    Remove the retaining rings that hold the universal joint into the drive shaft with needle-nose pliers.

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    Support the end of the drive shaft on a jack stand and place the socket extension against the universal joint cap in the drive shaft yoke. Tap the socket extension with the dead blow hammer until the universal joint cap comes out of the yoke.

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    Clean the sockets in the drive shaft yoke with the tip of a pocket screwdriver to remove any built up road dirt or other gunk.

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    Remove two of the caps from the opposite ends of the replacement universal joint. Be careful to keep the bearings in the caps.

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    Position the replacement universal joint in the drive shaft yoke and put the cap on the outside. Use the socket extension and dead blow hammer to tap the cap through the yoke far enough to expose the retaining ring groove. Put the retaining ring on that side with the needle-nose pliers. Repeat this for the other cap.

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    Move the drive shaft back up to the differential yoke, line up the new universal joint with the differential yoke and reinstall the universal joint retaining straps with the wrench. Lower the rear end off the jack stands with the floor jack.

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