99 Jimmy Ball Joints - remove front axle help
Haynes manual calls for removal of front axle (CV joint type on 4WD). Gets you into a "do loop" with removing ball joints first so you can slip the steering knucle to remove the axle. But you must have the axle removed before you can drill the rivets on the lower ball joint. You also cannot pry the steering knucke down and off the lower ball joint bolt without the top of the lower ball joint hitting the CV joint on the axle. Anyway, the axle must go.
My question: Can I just pivot the steering knuckle (tie rod connection removed) and slide the outside axle end out of the wheel bearing? I don't want to mess with the differential end. And I don't want to remove the wheel bearing to make more room. But I'll do what I have to do. I don't want to destroy the axle. It is going back in, as is the bearing if I must remove it.
I have AllDITY, but it doesn't seem to address front axle removal.