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Replacing the front CV shaft on a 2006 Chevy Colorado

Once the shaft is free from the hub, does it come out on its own or is it bolted at the other end?

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It should pull out but it will not be real easy you might need to use something to help pry it out. if you use a pry bar it should come out pretty easy.. it has a ring on it that helps hold it in.

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It should just slide out once released from hub

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