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Old 04-08-2008, 01:10 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by bradley01 View Post
Well, I attempted this repair this weekend. I ran into a road block when trying to remove the axle from the hub. No matter how much pressure I put on it with the hub puller, the axle would not push out of the hub. I called my indy and they said that it was a one-in-a-million chance that the axle would be stuck. They said every car they have ever worked on (that has <60k miles on it) they are usually able to just tap the axle out with an air hammer no problem. Just my luck. Well, now I have the car put back together and i'm taking it to my indy to have them fix it. So much for saving that $300!
This may be an innapropriate question (but I don't know your level of mechanical aptitude so forgive me); did you put a little bit of grease on the puller where it was contacting the axle? If you don't do this you will get so much friction between the puller and the axle that you will be unable to turn the center bolt on the puller.
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