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Old 08-14-2011, 09:55 PM   #41
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Ah this thread brings back bad memories
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:07 AM   #42
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Acetone & ATF

Thanks for posting this a couple of years ago.

I was having trouble getting my half shaft out. Read this article, got myself some Acetone and ATF followed as instructed. I left the solution on for about 3.5 hrs whilst I mowed the lawns. Came back to it, a dozen or so whacks with me 8lb hammer and Ahoi She Blows. Very Happy.

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I have a 3 word solution to getting the axle shaft out of the hub. Bosch Demo Hammer, 13A. 1 minute per side. Like buttah. (3 days of soaking in PB Blaster helped some too)

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Thanks for posting this a couple of years ago.

I was having trouble getting my half shaft out. Read this article, got myself some Acetone and ATF followed as instructed. I left the solution on for about 3.5 hrs whilst I mowed the lawns. Came back to it, a dozen or so whacks with me 8lb hammer and Ahoi She Blows. Very Happy.

Thanks again.

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acetone and red-line D4 synthetic ATF are like oil and water. I guess a dino-oil based ATF might mix? Dunno.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:53 AM   #45
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I have a 3 word solution to getting the axle shaft out of the hub. Bosch Demo Hammer, 13A. 1 minute per side. Like buttah. (3 days of soaking in PB Blaster helped some too)

cheers!
John
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Demolition hammer? Is that like a jackhammer? Hmm I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever have to do the other side.
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Old 06-19-2013, 12:23 PM   #46
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Demolition hammer? Is that like a jackhammer? Hmm I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever have to do the other side.
hand-held jackhammer.

http://www.cpotools.com/bosch-11387-...Fcme4Aod6SsAkQ

I never thought I'd ever use that beast on a car, but it sure was handy for this issue! This thing will go thru a concrete wall in a couple of minutes,,,,

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