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pulling dana 44 tapered shafts

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by evanjm, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Jul 29, 2007
    evanjm

    evanjm Yeah, it's got an F-head.

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    I'm trying to remove the tapered shafts from my dana 44. I've got the hub puller on and cranked all the way down. i can't seem to get it to pull the shaft.

    I've removed the nut and cotter pin from the end of the axle shaft. is there something else I'm missing?

    - evan
     
  2. Jul 29, 2007
    JeepsRcool

    JeepsRcool Member

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    probably need a little persuasion.R)
     
  3. Jul 29, 2007
    evanjm

    evanjm Yeah, it's got an F-head.

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    well that finally came out-- after much persuasion.. haha
    now i can't the axle shaft out. i've been using a 32oz slide hammer and its not budging... 50 years of stuck is making this a blast..

    - evan
     
  4. Jul 29, 2007
    Rondog

    Rondog just hangin' out

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    I hate to ask the obvious, but did you remove the 6 bolts and nuts that hold the brake backing plate to the axle housing? That's what holds the bearing and shaft in the housing. The brake assy. has to come off, there's a bearing retainer plate under it.

    If it's apart this far, the shaft and bearing should pop right out.
     
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  5. Jul 30, 2007
    Posimoto

    Posimoto Hopeless JEEP Addict

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    Just loking at that picture brings back memories. Gawd, am I glad I chucked those tapered axles years ago.
     
  6. Jul 30, 2007
    w3srl

    w3srl Semi-retired in Florida Staff Member

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    Put the hub back on without the key and thread the big nut down just enough to keep the hub from slopping around. Then, put the brake drum on BACKWARDS and thread the lug nuts on about 3 turns each. Use the brake drum as your slide hammer, and you can also use your feet on the leaf springs for more oomph. It may take a bit, but the axle will eventually slide out. I've had much better luck with this method than I have with my axle puller.. :rofl:
     
  7. Jul 30, 2007
    Rondog

    Rondog just hangin' out

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    I found a nut that will fit the axle threads, welded it to a piece of scrap steel, and drilled two holes in the steel to fit my slide hammer. Took about three whacks each to yank each axle out, worked great!

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  8. Jul 30, 2007
    willysnut

    willysnut Banned

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    Man, all those fancy gadgets! Just put your purse down and pull it outta there!!!! LOL
     
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    Rondog

    Rondog just hangin' out

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    And this from a guy who fishes in his swimming pool!:rofl:
     
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    MOP

    MOP Active Member

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    Wow Ron..... I took a simpler, but similar approach. I welded a castle nut that fits the axle shaft directly to another nut that matches the slide-hammer threads. Your basic double nut approach ;)
     
  11. Jul 30, 2007
    Rondog

    Rondog just hangin' out

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    That was my original plan, but I couldn't find a nut that would fit the slide hammer!!! It's not American, not metric, seems to be some kind of proprietary threads to the slide hammer manufacturer. Sho' did pizz me off. The scrap bar was the second plan.
     
  12. Jul 30, 2007
    evanjm

    evanjm Yeah, it's got an F-head.

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    thanks for the advice everyone. i finally got 'em out. they just took a whole bunch of tuggin and cursin.

    thanks again,
    evan
     
  13. Oct 2, 2007
    PatchyCJ5

    PatchyCJ5 Toledo Steel

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    Im going to pull the axle shafts sometime this week to replace the old bearings and seals. My question was: (1) Do I need to remove anything in the pumpkin? My father inlaw says there may be some snaprings or bolts I may have to undo before attempting to pull them. and (2) Do the bearings come out with the shaft? If not, what kind of puller would work best? Many thanks in advance!
     
  14. Oct 2, 2007
    Homebrew2

    Homebrew2 Member

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    PatchyCJ5

    PatchyCJ5 Toledo Steel

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    What kind of puller did you use for the bearing races and inner seals?
     
  16. Oct 2, 2007
    Homebrew2

    Homebrew2 Member

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    I used a cobbled slide hammer I made 20something years ago w/ a torch-bent hook on the end to remove the axle and seal. I used a hammer and pipe to get the bearing off and press on the new bearing. Caution is advised :beer:
     
  17. Oct 2, 2007
    PatchyCJ5

    PatchyCJ5 Toledo Steel

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    Ill give it a shot, thanks for the help.
     
  18. Oct 2, 2007
    Strider380

    Strider380 Can I have a zip tie?

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    The way I just removed it was notching through most of the bearing with a dremel. Stop way before you think you have to, you can't nick the shaft. After that, an air chiesel took it off in about 3 seconds.
     
  19. Oct 2, 2007
    Homebrew2

    Homebrew2 Member

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    I've had to do that with axles w/ flanged "hubs" many years ago ... though I did it as you described but w/ a chisel and precision-controled hammer ... I enjoyed NOT having to do that with TAPERED axles :beer:
     
  20. Jan 4, 2008
    PatchyCJ5

    PatchyCJ5 Toledo Steel

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    Got them out some time ago, Just wanted to say thanks for all the information. Tried an airhammer, but that just chewed up the hubbs. Tried the reverse brake drums over the hubs technique, and that worked great! Thank guys!
     

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