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How do i get the spline out of the passenger side half shaft the piece that plugs into the transmission

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There is a slip-ring on the end of the shaft, so you have to pry between the shaft and the transmission to get the ring to release. DO this carefully so you don't damage anything. A sharp pull on the pry bar should do it. DOn't pull on the shaft as it can be damaged that way.

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This axle is held into the transmission by a circular round internal retaining clip called a "CIR" clip, they can be very difficult to remove and I answer this question often.
Here is how you get the axle out, u must pull straight out on the axle in a quick snapping motion, a large Cresent adjustable wrench used as a slide hammer helps, also u can hit the back of the CV joint with a 2 pound brass faced hammer, but remember you must pull the axle straight out, it will not relase if the angle is more than a few degress's off center, even as a professional having done dozens of these the challenge is the same and very few are easy to get out, be patient and follow my instructions it will snap out.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

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