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I'm having trouble removing a left side halfshaft ( axle )

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I'm having trouble removing...

I'm having trouble removing a left side halfshaft ( axle ) on a 91 Ford Escort GT

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Escort yourself? What have you tried so far?

I am using a forked wedge and I've applied a lot of pressure without results

Mechanic's Assistant: Besides this, what condition is the car in?

Very good condition with over 200,000 miles

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Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago
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Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

have you tried a pry bar?

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Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

do you have a long straight bar?

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Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

get it up between the transaxle and half shaft and smack the end of it with a hammer.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm using a forked wedge which I think is better than a long bar
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

smack the end with a hammer

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Do you mean smack the end of the halfshaft?
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

no, the wedge

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I'm smacking it very hadr
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

I always use a straight bar, one good smack and it pops right out

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Are you using a wedging action or just driving on the halfshaft?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
What I mean are you using the bar in a wedging action or just using it to drive on the halfshaft?
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

drive it on the halfshaft

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I can try that, thanks.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

let me know if it works or not.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
OK. Do I keep this website open to let you know?
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

yes sir. ill be right here

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Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

how'd it go?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
No luck. I also tried attaching a slide hammer and using it while also using the tapered wedge.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

hows it going?

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I finally got it. I had to build a slide hammer with a 20 lb weight!
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 month ago

holy smokes!

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