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Old 01-21-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default Drive Shaft stuck in transmission.... Removal tips?

I am doing some work on a 1997 camry. It has a bad front left driveshaft. The part that slips into the hub is out, but the part that slips into the transmission is stuck!

I have tried pulling on the driveshaft as hard as I can but no dice....
I have also tried prying at it with a crow bar, wrapping a ratchet strap around the transmission side of the axle and smacking the axle out with a hammer and crow bar.

Right before I gave up I had the crow bar hooked up and my foot pressing down on it as hard as I could. I had the ratchet strap in my right hand pulling, and the axle in my left hand pulling. After exerting all that madness on it and no budge I figured it was time to call it a night.


Help is really appreciated. All the how to videos make it look so simple! People pull these things out with their hands!


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Old 01-21-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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Usually there are clips on the CV shaft that lock the shaft into the tranny, but arent that hard to pop out. Try gently prying between the CV shaft and the tranny, sometimes that just puts enough pressure to pop it out some.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:18 PM   #3
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damn dont destroy that poor subaru............. oh wait camry..... same thing
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:39 PM   #4
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Those locking clips tend to respond better to a sharp blow rather than a steady push. Rather than pushing the prybar, try hitting it with a heavy deadblow hammer.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:34 PM   #5
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Wiggle it from side to side and try and pull it. Do it up and down also and pulling it again. You shouldn't need any tools for that. Just keep at it.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
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I have nothing else to do, Im going to go see if I cant rip this motha out real quick with the side to side and up to down movements....BRB



.... Nothing :|

I dont have anything larger than a carpenters hammer...Will those work? Where can I smack it?

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:02 AM   #7
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you can get a large pickle fork and smack it with a hammer if it doesnt come out
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:05 AM   #8
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I'm not afraid to take drastic measures... I have a welder and some metal. I think this might get ugly if I cant get this tomorrow morning.

I will stop by harbor freight and see if they have a cats paw or a fork, and a bigger hammer while I'm at it.
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:44 AM   #9
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They don't have a retaining pin in them do they?
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:14 AM   #10
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$5 bucks say you find some tiny pin that's been owning you this whole time, after you go ape**** with it and tac weld on to a towtruck or something.

I say go extreme.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:39 AM   #11
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I believe all its held in by is a ring, like what would be found on an airgun's tip.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:39 AM   #12
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that one might take you a while btw..where in SJ are you?


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Old 01-22-2011, 11:16 AM   #13
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I'm in Northfield, Its 15 minutes or so away from Atlantic city.

I have the haynes manual for this car, theres a retaining clip for the right axle, but nothing for the left. I have read and re read this part about 5 or 6 times. I will check again to see if I'm missing something.

If I'm not missing anything I'll go to the freight and grab a bigger hammer and some things to pry with


Edit: WOOOO0O0O

I got it!

I ended up welding the end of a box wrench to the Axle and pounding on it with a hammer. It slid right out

Thanks guys !

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Old 01-22-2011, 11:50 AM   #14
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Congrats! I know exactly where that is, its my old stomping grounds around AC, Northfield, EHT.
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Old 01-22-2011, 01:43 PM   #15
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Really? Thats crazy. I have a cousin that lives in Arizona. Small world... You ever come around NJ anymore?


About this guys car, his old inside CV joint is making clicking noises I took it out and when I wobble it it clicks, but his car is still thumping when it goes over bumps. His shocks are new, and they are in good working condition. His sway bar doesn't have any play in it. When I put his new axle on and tightened everything up, I noticed the inside joint still wiggles just like the old one did. I can get a good 1/4" to 3/8" of horizontal wiggle to it (Front to back of the car) I think his problem might be internal to his transmission.

I'm out of ideas... Any input?
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:33 AM   #16
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Had this issue changing a CV joint on a Honda Accord many years ago. There was an internal snap ring holding the drive shaft in. Was able to hook a tool called a slide hammer to the shaft and yanked it out. I think it has to do with a quick pull rather than steady pressure as mentioned before.
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:37 PM   #17
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The thumps is coming from worn out stabilizer bar joints :P

Thanks guys!
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