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Axle removal/install basics - M20? Need guidance!
Now that both my seals are blown and one bearing is screaming I have decided to go ahead and replace the axles in my M20 ('84 CJ7) with new 1 piece sets. I have searched the board and found tons of info on this topic but find some of it conflicting so I am asking for some simplified help.
I plan to buy either the Moser or Superior axles locally. I see arguments for both but it appears I cannot go terribly wrong with either. The local shop has agreed to press on the bearings at no cost as I am buying the axles from them.
My questions include:
1.) What special tools MUST I have. Do I need a special puller? What is the size of the axle nut?
2.) How, in very simple terms/steps, does the old axle get removed. (LEVE, one of your numbered lis of steps would be great here). Do I have to open the differential? I read in one of the posts that a thrust bearing must be removed. But that was not agreed upon. What is the best way to 'plug' the brake lines?
3). Does it matter which side is done first? My CJ is a wide-trac.
4). What is the most important thing(s) to check after reinstalling the new axles. Testing?
5). Tips, pitfalls, watch-our-fors, comments?
I realize this my sound like a newbie/stupid question to some but I have relied heavily and very successfully on the comments and instructions from this board. I find the info here often to be of better quality than the instructions from manufacturers.
So thanks in advance for any and all help.