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Removing the right intermediate axle shaft

I'm trying to remove the alernator in my car, but I'm stuck on removing the right intermediate axle shaft. It's a 2003 Ford Escape.

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  • rpwilliams Feb 18, 2009

    I am experiencing a grinding/rubbing noise that appears to be coming from the bearing on the right-front intermediate axle shaft. Is this bearing a servicable part? Is this likely the cause of my problem?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    how do I remove the intermediate steering shaft?

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    Remove front axles

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    Horace Jeridore Apr 09, 2014

    How do you remove the front right axle

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I can only guess it is a 3.0l 4v well as far as the axle goes, the rh outer half shaft seperates at the splines on the intermediate shaft.
the intermediate shaft is the solid shaft from the trans to a bearing support bracket and ends after that. it is externally splined.
the rh axleshaft , inner cv joint, is internally splined.
to remove the rh axleshaft, remove the rh wheel and splash shield.
removed the lower balljoint pichbolt and seperate the lower balljoint front the steering knuckle. take the axle nut off and using a large brass drift or hardwood, drive the axle out of the bearing-hub assembly. DO NOT DAMAGE THE THREADS. also use some lubricant on the axle nut dissasembly. after the outer axle end is free, using the same brass drift or other, hit the inner cv joint and drive it off the intermediate shaft. inspect the splines closely because these fail and cause a no-drive condition.
then the mounint bolts for the support bearing and pull the intermedate shaft out, you will loose some fluid.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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    Computer Doctor Nov 03, 2012

    Do NOT seperate the ball joint. Simply remove the hub assembly from the shock tower and the tie rod end. Lean the hub assembly outwards and the half axle will come out of the hub assembly.

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