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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-11-2001, 04:31 PM
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how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

I went to the junkyard yesterday and bought myself a POS Ford 7.8 rear axle so that I can have something to tear down and rebuild without worrying about screwing anything up. I can just see the look on my dad's face if I told him I was working on my Jeep axles. Anyway, I've removed the differential cover, the drums, and the bearing caps inside the pumpkin, and now I need to remove the hubs and axles. I did a search but found no info. Here's the progress so far (look at pic). Can you tell me how to remove that outer hub so that I can get the drum brakes off?

By the way, thanks again for those of you who helped/supported me with removing the differential cover to observe the gears and whatnot. You gotta learn sooner or later.

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

In that hole(in flange) spin the axle, there are 4 bolts to remove. Take those out and pull the axle out. you may have to use a slide hammer. But first check to see if there are C clips on the inner end of the axle(not familiar), if so remove them first. The backing plates should then come off over the bearings

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

Well, I removed those 4 bolts holding on the brakes like you said, and I went to Auto Zone and rented a slide hammer. The guy at Auto Zone told me the same thing about the C-clips that need to be removed. I don't see any, and he said that they'd be very obvious if I had them. Therefore, I don't think I have to worry about it, but just to make sure, where exactly are they located? Are they inside the pumpkin or what?

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

yes they are inside the diff cover at the end of the axle shaft. It depends what year axle it is, the haynes book says what years had them. I know when I pulled my 88 wrangler shaft there were no c-clips. Mike

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

To remove the C-clips if you have em you need to remove the center pin in the diff carrier. Then push the axles in a bit and the c-clips should drop out into the differintal.

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

Ok, well, I got the axle shaft and the brake system all removed on one side. I was confused because I thought that the hub had to come off of the axle, allowing the brake to come off of the axle, allowing the axle to come out of the housing. I didn't realize that the hub and axle was one solid piece. I know that they can be broken down further, which I will do in the future, but for now I just want to get the gears out of the differential. The other drum is proving a problem though because I think that the shoes have rusted to the drum. I'm not sure how to get it off, but I think my 10 lb. sledgehammer might help a little. I'm not concerned about damaging the brake, since it's already ruined anyway.

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

try and back the brakes off with the adjustment and then get out the BFH and a couple of prybars

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

I didn't realize that the hub and axle was one solid piece. I know that they can be broken down further, which I will do in the future.....
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THE AXLE IN THE PICTURE CANNOT BE BROKEN DOWN FURTHER.. The only jeep axles that you can do what you are thinking about are the pre-72 dana 44 and the AMC model 20. Those had a hub held to a shaft with a large nut on the end of the shaft holding them together.

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

Good to see that you are actually learning stuff about your jeep. I love tearing stuff apart that i don't have to put together.

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Re: how do you remove the hub off a rear axle?

Just a tip -- if you don't have a slide hammer, you can put the drum on BACKWARDS, and start some of the nuts, and use the drum (carefully!) as a slide hammer. Try not to wreck the threads. Put some duct tape over the threads if you can.

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