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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2000, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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M20 axle shaft removal?

I sandblasted and POR-15'd a bunch of parts for my wife's Scrambler recently. While doing this, I noticed that one of the outer axle dust shields had rusted through, and I must have packed the interior full of sand while blasting shields. It's the AMC 20 rear axle.
Looking at the parts assembly, I figured I could remove the axle shaft and hub assembly as a unit by removing the 4 nuts that hold the bearing retainer/backing plate to the axle tube, but that didn't release the axle shaft.
My question is, do I have to seperate the hub from the axle shaft to remove the axle shaft, or was I on the right track and just need to force it out?
Bob in MA

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Re: M20 axle shaft removal?

You might want to check with OzarkJeep but I am pretty sure you are on the right track. What he told me to do which worked was to take the brake drum off, turn it around backwards screw it on with 3 lugs then use it as as slide hammer and it should eventually come out.

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Re: M20 axle shaft removal?

yeah, pull the 4 bolts and a few good wacks should knock it loose. You do not have to pull the hub to take the assembly out. I would recommend at least taking off the axle nut that way if you need to replace any seals you can put the whole assembly in a press to pop the hub off.
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