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Alright the bearing replacement is going well until I came to the spindle. It is frozen in place! Every thing is off except that, Help. This is the Dana 30 front Axle 85 CJ 7. Am I missing something? Isn't the spindle just suppose to slide off? I have all the bolts off the unit and still no luck! I'm covered in grease and am on an all night Mission to complete! If you have any knowledge please help! Thanks in advance!

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Yeah, as far as I remember if you have all the bolts off the spindle should just come off. Maybe if you try tapping around it, but sorry, never had this problem before. Wish I could be more help.

Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
 
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Great thanks Brad
I tried that persuasive use of the hammer. But as far as you remember it should just slide off! At this point I might have to find a bigger hammer!

 
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Not too big! There are parts that may not like the use of a 5 lb. sledge! Gentle persuasion.

Brad (from the 4 Wheeling center of the universe, 4 corners USA)
 
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Try using a big block of wood to place between the spindle and the hammer. That way you can pound the hell out of it, and the wood will absorb most of the shock and not do any damage to the parts you are trying to preserve. Lots of penetrating oil and a big hammer, and it will come. You can also try using a chisel or screwdriver around the joint once things start to free up a bit. Might help!

1976 CJ-7
258ci, T18, Dana 20
6" Lift, Dana 44 Front & Rear
 
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I have had the same problem. I used a chisel at the base of the spindle to begin to loosen it. I have been fortunate that just a few taps, directly across from each other and it began to come loose. If you apply the chisel at the base it shouldn't damage any critical part of the spindle and you can clean up any nicks with a file. This was discussed a week or two ago and a good post suggested a "dead blow" hammer. If you have one you'd know what it is. Please don't ask me to describe it. I don't own one but have seen them. John

 

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If you have a long punch you can carefully hammer it out from the back side.Turn the knuckle all the way to one side and put the punch on the part of the spindle that fit into the knuckle and knock it loose, then trun the knuckle the other way and do the same. Its a tight fit to get back there but its worked for me.

Wayne in Hawaii
"PYRO II" '77CJ5

 
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