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Old 04-10-2012, 12:42 PM   #8
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Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Oregon Coast
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My Ride: '02 330 XI Auto
If its taking that much force and still won't budge, I also recommend taking the assembly to a press. Then you don't have to beat everything up.

If you unbolt the tie rod end, ball joint and pinch bolt you should be able to tug on the axle assembly while someone pries on the inner CV. There is a snap ring that fits in a groove on the end of the axle that holds it into the diff. When you pull on the axle the snap ring will stay with the axle and allow it to pop out of the diff.

Alternatively, you can cut the band clamp holding the inner CV boot. Then tug on the axle and the whole CV should separate and leave part of it stuck in the housing. Then you can pry it out with levers as mentioned above.
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