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I'm replacing the axle seal on the drivers side. To do this, I have to remove the carrier. To remove the carrier I have to pull the axles. Drivers side, and passenger side outer are no problem. I pulled off the vacuum disconnect cover and tried to pry the inner out, but no cookies.

I didn't have a very good prying device, maybe a pickle fork would be better.

Is that all I have to do? Pry that sucker out?

This is on a '87 YJ, Dana 30.

Thanks!

PS: I posted this similiar question on the JU board and they told me to take my wheels off... <IMG SRC="smilies/eek.gif" border="0">

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I am assuming you are talking about the seal inside the vacuum disconnect the one closest to the passengar wheel right?

if so I go a long piece of all threat and pressed it out pushing from the outside of the axle near the side of the tire. the all thread will also help when you are putting it back in (the real bitch) take a couple of washers on both sides of it and just tighten a nut on it and pull the thing back into place.

be prepared to do it a couple of times with new seals (I messed up three)

also while you are in there you might want to replace the little plastic piece that goes around the axel on the othe side of the disconnect. that was the thing that was causeing my seal to go bad constantly. it was wallowed out.
 

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You're saying "inner axle". If you don't have a C-clip at the carrier end it should slide right out. Otherwise, remove C-clip. My '91 didn't have a C-clip even though FSM says it should ! Go figure.
 

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I have heard the same thing about older YJ's. They have a c-clip on the front axle to hold it in. Check there.
 

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What exactly are you trying to pry out? The inner axleshaft came out when you pulled the outer, right? Aren't they connected by a u-joint? If you are talking about prying the seal, then don't do it. Use threaded rod and washers. Better yet, a 1 1/2 inch black pipe from the hardware store will fit inside your D30 tube perfectly and you can pop it out that way. Seems like the JUer was right. If you are trying to do this with the wheel still on the Jeep, well then <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> And if you think you need to remove the carrier to replace that seal, well <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0">
 

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On YJ's there is an axle disconnect system where a collar slides over an inner shaft and intermediate shaft to join the 2 together as a single shaft usually known as the inner shaft. Check to see if there is a C-clip first. If not it should slide out fairly easily.
 

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Excuse me, Dan, I read your post again and see that you want to replace the seal on the driver's side. You will need to remove the carrier to do that side, so when you remove the diff cover check and see if you have C clips in there. I don't think you are going to find any. I wonder why you are prying on the passenger side inner axle shaft (the axle disconnect side) if you are trying to replace the driver's side seal?
 

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Ok, Dan, read your post a third time and now understand you can't remove the carrier because the shaft on the passenger side stayed in when you removed the outer shaft. You prolly got a C clip or some other retainer in there. My YJ D30 didn't have one. Have you looked yet? <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0">
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Wasn't trying to be rude. Was just explaining. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Actually, what he is talking about is the "intermediate axle" that goes inside the diff/side gear on vac disconnect axles not the "inner axle" that is part of the inner/outer combo connected by a u-joint.
 

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yes, I'm talking about the axle part between the diff and the vacuum disconnect. Not the axle connected to the wheel by the u-joint.

Sorry for the cornfustion.

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