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quick way to remove CV Axles?

Discussion in 'Civic and del Sol - EG and EK' started by nastynate, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. nastynate

    nastynate lowridin' Sol

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    I'm about to pull my motor and the only thing stopping me at this point is taking out the cv axles. I already unbolted the lower ball joints, and they dont want to separate from the spindle. I have a ball joint press, but the cv axle is directly in the way to use it. Is there any other way to separate them other than using a pickle fork?
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    c-clamp?
     
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    D See 2 Senior Member

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    1. Put the lower ball joint castle nut 3/4 of the way back on.
    2. Make sure wishbone bolt is still in.
    3. Jack up on the lower ball joint castle nut quite a bit.
    4. Use a HEAVY hammer and hit the lower control arm right at the ball joint. (there is a little teet there for you to hit.)
    *** Don't bother with a normal light hammer. It takes one or two good thwacks with a maw and you'll see/hear it pop out.
    Works for me 100% of the time.
     
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    96EKB18C5 New Member

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    Don't forget to take the dampner fork bolt out before whacking away.Also a $10 ball-joint remover makes things easier.
     
  5. MikeBergy

    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    Disconnect the LCA at the pivot, the swaybar, and the lower shock mount. disconnect the upper knuckle joint and remove the knuckle and LCA as a single unit. Changing the axle took me less than an hour, and saved me 20 minutes of whacking away at a ball joint. I've just about decimated that little teet on my integra's knuckles.
     
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    :werd: and if you screw up your threads be ready to buy a new ball joint.
     
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    MoSeS New Member

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    use a hacksaw, thats a pretty quick way :D j/k
     
  8. phunky.buddha

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    :werd:

    Except I don't disconnect the upper knuckle. I just push stuff enough out of the way so that I can get axles in and out. Works like a charm.
     
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    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    To be honest, I didn't disconnect the upper knuckle ether, I was just listing it, noting that it would make sliding the shaft out easier.
     
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