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Im am trying to remove the rear diff on a 2002 mountaineer and the axels wont come out. is there any special way to remove them or should they just slide out of the diff.

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  • chucksemon Sep 20, 2009

    i have already done all that. my problem is the axels dont seem to want to pull out. ive tried prying them out from underneath but they wont move. is there a release on this model or should they just pull out of the diff.

  • chucksemon Sep 20, 2009

    how do the rear axels on a 2002 mountaineer come out of the diff. do they just pull out or is there some sort of release. i have the whole thing apart and can't get them to pull out.

  • chucksemon Sep 21, 2009

    thank you. that is exactly what i though but wanted to be sure. i appreciate the info.

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Hello! there is a special tool that i use to get the axles out but it can be done using another method. the axle shafts are retained by a circlip on the inner joint where it splines to the rear differential. this circlip is not accessable. the alternate way to remove these is a large prybar placed between the inner joint and the rear diff housing. using care not to damage housing or seal you sharply pry on axle toward outside(wheel well)area. this may take several attempts but should come out. just be careful not to damage case. worst case scenario the tool is available for purchase from your local tool supplier. Hope this information was useful to you and good luck.

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IT would not be an easy job, you would need to remove the rear wheel hub/bearing/ holder assembly. you need to split the ball joint and tremove tie rod to do that, then slide the unit out a few inches to get room to pull the half shaft out. not extremely difficult, but takes about 3 hands. Hope this helps

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    Roger Campbell Sep 20, 2009

    They should pull out

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