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Need urgent help with D30 axle!

What's the easiest way to pull out driver side axle shaft on a Dana 30 disconnect front axle so I can remove the side gears? Do I need to remove calipers and rotors or will it come out just by removing 3 hub retaining bolts (12 point, grrr). Thanks a lot!

'91 YJ, I-6, 2.5" lift, sway bar is in the trash, Currie Boomerang shackles, 31 Michelins, D30 front, D35c with Lock-Right and a light foot
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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

39 lookers and not one idea. hmmm...

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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

I'm pretty sure you remove the rotor, caliper, 3 12 point bolts, cotter pin, spindle nut, etc. I think you remove everything if I remember right.



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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

Dont know if this will help but this is how to change a bearing on a front axle d30..

http://www.off-road.com/jeep/cheroke...2_feb/bearing/
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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

hmm didnt notice that was for an xj..
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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

Thanks! I've now removed the caliper and the rotor. Also removed the 3 hub retainer bolts. I don't need to remove the spindle nut because I won't replace the hub. My problem now is that the hub won't come out. I don't know what to do. It should slide out now but it's stuck. I thought of maybe renting a BIG 3 jaw gear puller but I'll run out of time if I do that. I'd like to have it done by this Sundays club ride. I'm so close yet so far! What can I do?

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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

Anybody can help me how to pull the hub off? This is the last step I need! Thanks.

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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

Are the lugs part of the hub? If so, you can put a wheel on, turn the nuts on loosely and pull the well hard letting it act like a slide hammer. Or, if you have a slide hammer, use that.

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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

Well, I ended up using a chisel and a BFH between the hub and the knuckle. It came off. So did my knuckles. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] I got the locker in and the hub back on and was almost done when I broke one of the caliper mounting bolts! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] Now I gotta go to the dealership to get a replacement. Fortunately I could take out the broken part and didn't strip the hole in the knuckle. Tried using a 15-150 ft/lbs torque wrench to torque it to 30 lbs but the wrench didn't work right at that low a setting and there it went. Learned a lesson: use the right tool for the job! Anyway, thanks for the help guys now I'll be set for Sunday's wheeling in the red slimey gunk. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Locked up all around! Oh, by the way I didn't have to remove the axle nut, just pulled the whole shebang out a bit. Knowing what a b!ch it was to take that sucker apart I'll remove the other side hub too in the comfort of my garage so it'll loosen up. I don't want to have to deal with a rusted on hub out on the trail!

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Re: Need urgent help with D30 axle!

Penetrating oil!!!! I have never been able to easily remove on of those crummy bearing assemblies. I always leave the hub on and bang on the thing with a large deadblow hammer. By the way, it is usually a good idea to replace the bearing after you pound on it. I have put them back on, and not had them go out immediately, but I am sure the races have a few dents in them. I would be very careful about the hammer and chisel approach. The chisel can put some sharp nicks in the parts in question. Those nicks are essentially the same as a crack, and can lead to premature failure. If you do put any dings in any of these parts, it is a good idea to smooth them out with a grinder or a file, especially if the ding is close to any high stress areas.
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