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Put a pry bar or large screwdriver between the transaxle case and the CV joint housing, and try to pop the axle out. Be careful of the axle seal in the transaxle case-if distorted, it will need replacing. Shops use a slide hammer with a forked end that fits around the CV joint housing to pop out the axles-if you use a prybar, you can usually pop them out. There is a circlip near the end of the axle splines that fits in a groove inside the transaxle- a little force pushes the circlip out of the groove, and axle is free to come out.
Check the axle shaft seals where the two drive axles enter the transaxle. If leaking there the axle will have to be removed to replace the seal. Look at the bottom pan of transaxle. If leaking from pan gasket, the pan will have to be removed and transmission drained to replace pan gasket. There is a transaxle main shaft seal on the front of transaxle, hidden by the bellhousing that mounts to rear of engine.. If the shaft seal is leaking, fluid will be dripping from bottom of bellhousing, and when inspection cover is removed, fluid will be evident inside the bellhousing. Check also the transmission fluid cooling lines, where the two lines exit the transaxle case, and go to front of car to an external cooler mounted in front of radiator, or going into a separate reservoir in the radiator.
Yes, there is a circlip on the shaft, which fits in a groove inside the transaxle. It just fits tight enough that it can be pried, or actually popped out of the groove. Put a prying bar between the CV joint housing and the transaxle case, and just try to " pop" the axle out and loose. It should move out about a half inch, then you can grab hold and slide it out easily.
1.Loosen the wheel nuts slightly.2.Raise the front of the vehicle, and support it with safety stands in a proper location.3.Remove the wheel nuts and front wheel.4.Remove the split pin, the castle nut and the washer from the front hub.5.Drain the transmission fluid before the driveshaft is removed.6.Using a plastic hammer, make the driveshaft disconnected from the axle hub. 7.Push the axle hub outward and separate the driveshaft from the axle hub.8.Insert a pry bar between the transaxle case and the tripod joint case, and pry the driveshaft from the transaxle case. • Be sure to apply the pry bar to the rib of the transaxle case.• Do not insert the pry bar too deeply, as this may cause damage to the oil seal. [max. depth : 7 mm (0.28 in.)]• For automatic transaxle equipped vehicles, insert a pry bar into the groove of the driveshaft to remove the driveshaft from the transaxle.• Do not pull on the driveshaft; the joints may come apart. Be sure to use the pry bar.9.Pull out the driveshaft from the transaxle case.• Place a plug in the hole of the transaxle case to prevent contamination• Support the driveshaft properly.• Replace the circlip each time the driveshaft is removed from the transaxle case.
Raise and support the vehicle. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02 .
Remove the wheel and tire assembly. For additional information, refer to Section 204-04 .
Remove the differential housing cover (4033).
Loosen the bolts and drain the lubricant from the rear axle housing (4010).
Remove the bolts.
Remove the differential housing cover.
Remove the rear brake disc (2C026). For additional information, refer to Section 206-04 .
CAUTION: Turning the differential case (4204) or an axle shaft (4234) with the differential pinion shaft (4211) removed will cause the differential pinion gears (4215) to fall out of the assembly and damage the components. Remove the differential pinion shaft.
Remove the differential pinion shaft lock bolt.
Remove the differential pinion shaft.
CAUTION: Do not damage the rubber O-ring in the U-washer groove.
Remove the U-washer (4N237).
Push the axle shaft inboard.
Remove the U-washer.
Reinstall the differential pinion shaft.
Install the differential pinion shaft.
Install the differential pinion shaft lock bolt finger-tight.
CAUTION: Do not damage the wheel bearing oil seal (1177). Remove the axle shaft.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Seal Removal
Remove the axle shaft (4334). For additional information, refer to Axle Shaft in this section.
CAUTION: Never remove the wheel bearing oil seal (1177) by itself. Always remove the rear wheel bearing (1225) and the inner wheel bearing oil seal at the same time. NOTE: If the wheel bearing oil seal is leaking, the axle housing vent may be plugged with foreign material. Using the special tools, remove the rear wheel bearing and wheel bearing oil seal together.
Lubricate the new rear wheel bearing.
For 4.0L SOHC and 4.0L EI with limited slip rear axles and 5.0L vehicles, use SAE 75W-140 High Performance Rear Axle Lubricant F1TZ-19580-B or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSL-M2C192-A.
For 4.0L SOHC and 4.0L EI with conventional rear axles, use SAE 80W-90 Premium Rear Axle Lubricant XY-80W90-QL or equivalent meeting Ford specification WSP-M2C197-A.
Using the special tools, install the rear wheel bearing.
Lubricate the lip of the new wheel bearing oil seal.
Use Premium Long-Life Grease XG-1-C or equivalent meeting Ford specification ESA-M1C75-B.
Using the special tools, install the wheel bearing oil seal.
Install the axle shaft. For additional information, refer to Axle Shaft in this section.