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What is the deal?
I took all the four bolts out, but the carrier won’t come out.
Do I need to do anything special?
The shop manual says to us an axle housing spreader.
What the heck his that?
What is holding this thing in?
 

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Its called side bearing preload... use a prybar or two to pull it out of the housing... make sure you have something soft underneath it so when it falls out, it doesnt lose a few ring gear teeth on the concrete..:D
 

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The easiest way to remove a carrier (If the axle is out of vehicle) is to put the axle up on jackstands.
remove the cap bolts,
put something soft on the floor to catch the carrier (I use a block of foam)
Pick up one side of axle and bang it onto the jackstand (carrier facing down)
It will usually fall out after a couple drops
 

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MellowYellow said:
What is the deal?
I took all the four bolts out, but the carrier won’t come out.
Do I need to do anything special?
The shop manual says to us an axle housing spreader.
What the heck his that?
What is holding this thing in?
Did you remove the axle shafts?
As was stated, put the caps on loose and use a prybar.
 

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with either a bfh or an axle spreader :)
 

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I also like this trick rather than beating on stuff... :rolleyes:

Take a shop rag - stick it in the teeth of the ring gear - then turn the pinion until the rag gets sucked into where they mesh - this usually forces the carrier out buy making the backlash open up - a little more gentle especially with that soldered copper line in there... :flipoff2:

Matt
 

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Another trick

Heres another trick I have used quite a few times,

take a box end wrench that fits the ring gear bolts, put it on a ring gear bolt with the wrench perpindicular to the ring gear, turn the pinion so the wrench turns down til it hits the bottom of the housing, grab the pinion yoke with a pair of channel locks and turn it the same direction. The carrier will pop right out.

Reverse the direction of the wrench if you working on RC gears.

I used this method just this weekend to take out a Dana 44 carrier, took about 3 minutes.
 

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Thanks Matt and guru,
I’m going to try the rag, then the wrench method.
I was worried about the ARB line getting crunched when the thing fell out.

I figure if I can get the whole axle apart, clean it up, and give the assembly a shot. If I can’t do something, then I’ll swallow my pride and take it to a shop.
 
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