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How do you remove that drivers side front axle shaft from the differential in a 2003 GMC sierra 2500HD?

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  • brandon_ferk Feb 07, 2010

    This is a great description of how to remove the passenger side front axle shaft but it says nothing about the drivers side.

  • brandon_ferk Feb 07, 2010

    The previous post I recieved described how to remove the passenger side axle shaft from the front differential. I need to know how to remove the drivers side axle shaft. Is there a snap ring in the diff that holds it in place? My repair manual says it should just pull right out but I have not had any success.

  • brandon_ferk Feb 07, 2010

    I need someone that can tell me if the drivers side front axle shaft has a clip inside the differential that retains the shaft into the housing on this pickup. Do I need to remove the differential from the pickup to get this axle shaft out of the housing?

  • brandon_ferk Feb 07, 2010

    For all of you "experts" out there, I have gotten ahold of someone that knows what they are doing on this vehicle and this is what he said about removing the drivers side axle shaft from the front differential: There is an internal snap ring that holds the driver's side axle shaft into the front differential. You are supposed to take a slide hammer and pull outward on the flange of the axle shaft. The pounding action of the slide hammer should release the snap ring and allow the axle shaft to come out. My guy said that on 95% of these 2500 trucks though that the snap ring will not release the way that it is supposed to, and the whole differential will need to be pulled out and disassembled in order to release the snap ring and remove the axle from the differential. Not an easy task and a lot more work than what I was expecting. Hope you guys can use this information at some point and pass it along to someone else struggling the way that I was. I'm just a little ticked that I had to pay $13.00 to tell you guys how to do the job.

  • brandon_ferk Feb 08, 2010

    We tried prying out and hitting it with the slide hammer and it just would not budge. I ended up dropping the whole differential out and will just take it over to the local GM dealer in the morning. I'm going to have them replace all of the seals and bearings and check all of the tolerances as long as I went through all the work to get it out of there. It looks as though the passenger side shaft seal was just starting to leak too. This thing should be good as new by the time I get done with it!

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Hello Brandon.
Sorry your question was not answered to your satisfaction here.
The inner shaft can be a trying one to remove. If you can manage to have someone give it a solid pry outward and another give it a tug with the slide hammer has often been the key to removing them.
Hope you fare well in your repair.

KL

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  • FUBAR Feb 08, 2010

    They can be a problem Brandon.
    I have run into this issue before too. The round circlip can catch on the spline and bend causing them to jam up. But on the other hand I have seen where on other vehicles that were easy to pull off were also capable of pulling apart in normal driving.
    GM trucks front seals have been an issue for years, sure would like to see them come up with a better seal.
    I hope the rest of your repair goes well for you.
    Thank you kindly for the rating !
    Take care.

    KL


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Support the front end,remove the wheel,caliper,outer tie rod end,and any abs wire plugs,and brake hose brackets.Remove the axle nut,and remove pinch bolt,or ball joint nut,and use a separator to dislodge the ball joint from the lower control arm.Push down the lower control arm,with a pry bar,and pull outward on the spindle,while pushing the axle threw the axle bearing assembley .Do not pull on the axle or damage could be caused.Then remove all the bolts attaching the axle to the differential out put shaft.

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    Ronny Bennett Sr. Feb 07, 2010

    It is not just the pick ups,cars are difficult also,a slide hammer will work,but you can use two pry bars,apply pressure with one pry bar,and use the other pry bar by bumping the axle in a pry position,by applying pressure,it allows the snap ring to collasp while bump,pry ing,and holding pressure on the axle,not allowing it to retract back into the differential.

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You will need to pop out the balljoint, and also remove the axle cab and bolt on the wheel side. Then you will need to pull the axle. Some have a clip that holds axle in place that will need to be removed.
You can go to autozone.com and regsiter for free for free online repair manual for you truck with everything you could need.
You can also view another manual at http://manualspace.com

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    You do not need to remove the differnential. What year is your 2500?

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    What year is this truck? You should be able to remove the clip that sits just barely inside the box. The gearbox or differential does not need to be removed, just the clip that holds it on will need to be removed.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 07, 2010

    The snap ring can be pried open with a pair of needle nose pliers or a snap ring removal tool, then use slide hammer if it just doesn't pull out.

  • Nate Stansfield
    Nate Stansfield Feb 08, 2010

    Bummer, I was hoping you didn't have to go through all that work. In the 10+ years as a mechanic. I've only had to do that mabey 3 out 30 sum times. At least it will all be new.

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