How do you attach the slide hammer to the axle? Did you use this and the extension?I have done pretty much everything you guy has described, the latest and most efficient way I have done is used a bigger 10lb otc slide Hammer, along with the otc hex extension rod, a few slide and both axle comes come out with out any difficulty, don't even have to go under the vehicle, sometime it does take the right tool to get the job done right
The Carquest brand from Advancedauto works fineThank you for the responses. I had a hunch it wasn't pressed in since there is one bolt on the support bracket that is almost impossible to get to without removing the axle. I usually go to junkyard and "practice" on a car before I do work on mine that I have not done before. The Sienna I worked on at junkyard had the axle in the bearing and it was completely seized together. Used almost a whole can of PB blaster and a 5 lb hammer and still couldn't get it out. Another question - I have read horror stories about aftermarket axles not quite fitting correctly. Have either of you used a refurbished axle? I read that Autozone's axle doesn't fit correctly and several of the axles on Rock Auto won't fit correctly.
Yeah , I should have replaced the seal when I did mine also...Yeah, you got lucky. Maybe the axle you're replacing doesn't have 140,000 miles on it like mine does. I got the PS side in this morning. Both Duralast axles fit fine. Of course, I have no idea how well they'll last. In hindsight I wish I had replaced the axle shaft seals while I had everything apart. I have a feeling I'll be pulling the axles to replace the seals within the next 50k.
One thing worth noting on the bracket: I believe there is a small rubber or plastic "plug" at the end of the lock bolt that sits between the bolt and the bearing. I must have lost mine while cleaning up the bracket. I fabricated a new one out of some plastic sheet I had lying around. Without that plug the bolt doesn't quite reach the bearing.