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kia sportage: how do i remove the right front axle from diff

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how do i remove the right front axle from diff housing on my 1997 kia (right hand drive) sportage?


the left one unblots and then comes away no problem, but there is no apparent way to disconnect the short right side!



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The end of the drive axle has a retainer ring. The drive axle should be able to be pried from the differential housing. You can also drive the axle out with a suitable bar placed against the inner cv joint pod, then hit the bar with a hammer.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

hi dave thanks for advice,


i have the whole diff assembly out on the garage floor, I have tried to pop it out with a very long bar, using a hammer plus an extended lever the bit off fin that i was using to lever against broke off (no real damage)


what do i try next?

If you cannot drive the axle out of the housing, the housing will need to be split to remove the axle.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

so if i remove the housing the ring on the axle will be accesable?


and i will just be able to to remove the clip ring yes?



Yes, once the housing is opened up you can get to the ring.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

david problem!


i tried to remove the housing it came loose, on the side where the axle has been removed it seems quite free but on the side where the axle is in place it will not move much at all, when i pull on that side of the housing i can see it pulling the universal joint pod, it seem to me that the inner works are attached to the housing so the cunumdrum is that it apears in order to remove the housing i have to remove the axle!


so i hung the diff over the edge off the bench and secured the rotor and hub to the bench very firmley using a tie down then using a block of wood and a sledge hammer i whacked the diff downwards several times on either side but but it will not pop out, to hit it any harder would probabley cause damage


please advise asap-----------------anthony

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes, please find a kia expert to help me with this problem,





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If you are talking about the cv axle that has the rubber boots on each end, they are usually removed with a pry bar with one quick pry not gradual pressure. However some of these can be stubborn. The big name parts stores have a slide hammer kit that has an adapter made especially for removing these axles. These kits can be rented. Basically how this works is you pay for the kit and get a full refund when you return it. I hope I have helped. If so please give me a positive rating and accept my answer so I can get credit for it. Thanks
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

hilltop4527, thankyou for your reply


i am not sure we are talking about the same thing? the axle i am refering to has 26 splines on the end and goes directly into the diff housing this one is very short and has a universal joint that is against the outside of the diff, the other side of the diff the axle is long and removes easily as it unbolts and just pulls out,


please clarify for me that we are on the same page





The axle I was referring to is a constant velocity axle that is used in front wheel drives and has rubber boots. But the axle you are working on, though different attaches the same way and is removed the same way, so yes we are still on the same page. Thanks

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