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How do I remove the soda bottle cap, from the drive shaft end of a 2004 Saturn Vue V6 AWD, in order to remove the yoke, when replacing the carrier bearing.

I am replacing the carrier bearing on a 2004 Saturn Vue V6 AWD. I removed the hog ring with no problems. There appears to be a soda cap on the end of the shaft, just above the hog ring. I assume this needs to be removed before the shaft can be pushed through the yoke. How do you remove the cap and is it reused for assembly. No one seems to address this cap. I have photos but can't figure out how to add them. Thanks! Doug

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    Doug Dec 02, 2016

    Steve - Thank you for the fast response. I have been soaking the shaft end with PB blaster for the last week. It should be ready to go, once I figure the cap out. The edges of the cap definitely appear to be wider than the hole in the yoke that the shaft slides on. For this reason, I would think this has to be removed. I have attached photographs of the bottle cap and look forward to your comments. Thank you so much again for your assistance!

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Can you post a picture of this "bottle cap".. I think you are just seeing the splines (they can kinda resemble the rough crimpings' that a bottle cap has...
There should be nothing on top / on the end of the Midship splined stub shaft... You remove the hog-ring, and press the yoke off/over the spline. the spline and end yoke have a "dead spot" - which makes you keep the driveshaft in-phase during reassembly.. the dead spot is 2 splines that have been joined together at the end.. the end yoke will have a spline removed to accommodate this...
PS - soak the end yoke and spline liberally with PB Blaster.. Walk away..the longer the better... Then attempt to remove.. Good Luck!

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