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Old 04-13-2015, 04:50 PM
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Default Step by Step directions with pictures on how to remove your Axles

Thought I would post some pictures in case anyone wants to remove their axles from the rear end. This is pretty simple and can be done in about 20-30 minutes. Here are some pictures and hope this helps someone out in the future.


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Step one: Jack up the rear of your car and place jack stands in safe manner. Remove both rear tires and rear brake drums exposing the axles. Next, remove your 10 bolts/allen screws and drain out all differential oil from rear end. Have a pan underneath the rear end to catch all the oil draining out of it.


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Step 2: In this step you have to turn your ring gear to find the small bolt that goes through the center pin. In this photo you will see the horizontal bolt (8mm) as well as the shiny vertical pin. Be very careful when removing the 8mm bolt as you don't want to strip this out. Once bolt is out, you will need to turn the carriage to remove the shiny center pin.


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Step 3: In this view, you can't see the center pin so you have to turn the ring gear until you see the shiny pin. However, in this photo you can see the two horizontal axles coming in from the sides into the housing unit.


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Step 4: After you rotate the carriage you will then see the center pin. This pin can only come out from the top or bottom of the carriage. The trick is to rotate the carriage in such a way that you can remove the pin completely without hitting the differential case. Some pins will come out with ease but mine had to be gently tapped out with a 13mm extension socket. Just take your time when removing the pin. EXTREMELY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. ONCE PIN IS REMOVED DO NOT TURN THE RING GEAR UNLESS YOU WANT YOUR SPIDER GEARS TO MOVE OUT OF POSITION!!! Just leave the carriage in the position you removed the center pin.

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Step 5: Once center pin is out go and push in on the hub of your axle. Your axle should move in about 2-3 inches with ease. Now look inside your differential cover and you will see your axle being held in by a "C-clip". This c-clip has to be removed then your axle will slide right on out. Once you remove the axle on one side, go and repeat process on the other hub of the axle. Some people use a screwdriver to remove the c-clips. I just used a powerful telescopic magnet to remove mine. Name:  removing c-clip.jpg
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Hopefully, if you followed these instructions you should see your axle now. Important thing is to inspect the axle to make sure there is no wear especially where the bearings ride on the axle. If you have to come this far this would be a great time to remove your axle seals and inner bearings using a slide hammer. You can expect to pay about $20 TO $30 for new seals and bearings. I decided to purchase Moser axles, seals, and bearings for mine which came to about $340.00. I hope these instructions helps someone out and saves you a lot of money. Just remember to not forget and fill differential housing with new gear oil and torque the nuts to specs. Congratulations on the job you done. Be proud and have peace of mind knowing your keeping you and your family safe in your pride and joy!!!!


Jamie C.

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Nice step by step ... good job!
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Well done!
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Thanks guys, just trying to help others out. Sometimes those pictures are worth a 1,000 words. I know people have really helped me out on this site when I first started as a newbie trying to figure out these cars. Glad to be a part of the Buick community.


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