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Username Post: Removing rear axles        (Topic#361477)
Chevy_Crazy 
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06-22-20 04:06 PM - Post#2796932    

Hey guys, I've read several threads here about replacing rear axle bearings, but it never really says anything about removing the axles from the car.

I have removed the 4 bolts from the cover, and the lock washers. The cover doesn't seem to want to come off, and I've tried pulling the axle out with the cover in place and I'm not getting anywhere with it.....am I missing something??



 




Original58 
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06-22-20 05:03 PM - Post#2796933    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

I believe these are the same as my 58. Use a slide hammer. The bearings are pressed on to the axle with either 1 or 2 o-rings on the outside of the bearing. After years of being in there the usually need some help with the slide hammer.
Jeff

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1966 Mustang Inline 6- C4 57,000 mi and growing daily
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pvs409 
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06-22-20 05:04 PM - Post#2796934    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

you must have a slide hammer to remove axles. You will not have any luck without a slide hammer.
bolts to at least 3 studs to get the axles out of the center pumpkin.

The one I use is similar to this one.
https://www.amazon.com/OTC-7374-Slide-Hammer -Pulle...

Paul


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DZAUTO 
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06-22-20 05:25 PM - Post#2796936    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

  • Chevy_Crazy Said:
Hey guys, I've read several threads here about replacing rear axle bearings, but it never really says anything about removing the axles from the car.

I have removed the 4 bolts from the cover, and the lock washers. The cover doesn't seem to want to come off, and I've tried pulling the axle out with the cover in place and I'm not getting anywhere with it.....am I missing something??



NO, you are NOT missing something!
As mention above, the CORRECT tool that is needed, and also shown in the link posted by Paul(PVS409), is an axle pulling slide hammer.
Many people have used several tricks ----------------- which sometimes work, and sometimes don't.
As you have already done, remove the 4 nuts on the back side of the brake backing plate, remove the brake drum, and attach the slide hammer with 3 lug nuts and hammer away. SOMETIMES, the axle pops right out with only 1-2 hits. And sometimes and may take several HARD whacks to get the bearing to come out of the end of the axle tube ---------- depending on how long it's been there and how much rust has developed between the bearing and the end of the axle tube.

Other methods which have been used by some people, involve removing the brake drum, turning it around backwards, install 3-5 lug nuts (not screwed all the way on) and then use the drum as a make-do slide hammer. Some people have used a length of chain, placed over 2 of the studs and secured with lug nuts, attached a heavy weight on the other end of the chain and whacked away. Frequently, some of the home spun methods work quite well to remove the axles. BUT, the best method is to use an axle puller slide hammer. MANY tools such as this can be rented from SOME auto parts stores, such as O'Reilly.




 
Bubpletop62 
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06-22-20 05:38 PM - Post#2796938    
    In response to DZAUTO

You just got advice from the best forum members. IF the drums are NOT turning, they are either rusted to the shoes or adjusted out too far. Try turning the adjusting star so the shoes can go inward. Plus, there MIGHT be a ‘lip’ on the drum preventing the drum from coming off.
Dennis Bubp

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lone star 
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06-22-20 05:57 PM - Post#2796942    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

You can get them out without a slide hammer. Done it several times. Harbor freight sells slide hammer if you want. Or autozone probably rents one.



 
DonSSDD 
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06-23-20 04:04 AM - Post#2796971    
    In response to lone star

Joey, also search on here for postings by DZAUTO on axles, he has done extensive/detailed postings on this subject. Including which style bearings to use, how to remove bearings and install them, plus about some bearings have 1 o ring and some 2 o rings. Buy the right bearings made in Canada, USA, or Mexico and get a name brand. Don’t buy Chinese.

Don

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GreatNorthWoods 
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06-23-20 05:48 AM - Post#2796977    
    In response to DZAUTO

That brings back memories. Many years ago I used a chain to pull axles just as you described.

Vern

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Chevy_Crazy 
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06-23-20 01:22 PM - Post#2797024    
    In response to GreatNorthWoods

Got one side out. Now, two of the bolts were so rusted that after a couple quick yanks with the slide hammer they stayed in place....but the cover plate didn't. so now I have to find a replacement. Does anyone reproduce them?



 
pvs409 
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06-23-20 01:39 PM - Post#2797025    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

What year Chevy ?
Paul

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4 (sold)
62 Imp HT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible
http://paulstensland.com


 
Verne_Frantz 
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06-23-20 02:40 PM - Post#2797034    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

  • Chevy_Crazy Said:
Got one side out. Now, two of the bolts were so rusted that after a couple quick yanks with the slide hammer they stayed in place....but the cover plate didn't. so now I have to find a replacement. Does anyone reproduce them?



No one makes replacement bearing retainer plates. Your best bet is to just buy a replacement axle. It might even come with a good bearing....

Verne



 
Chevy_Crazy 
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06-23-20 02:55 PM - Post#2797038    
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  • pvs409 Said:
What year Chevy ?
Paul



1962



 
Chevy_Crazy 
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06-25-20 03:59 PM - Post#2797193    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

Hey Guys, I found some billet aluminum replacements from Dutchman axles. Works with stock axle, bearings, and drum brakes.

https://dutchmanaxles.com/58-64-chevy-axle-reta ine...



 
blkss64 
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06-25-20 08:13 PM - Post#2797209    
    In response to Chevy_Crazy

FYI, ZIP Corvette has a repro of the stamped steel (stock) version. If you’re into performance, by all means stay with what you found. The Corvette used the same part from 57-62



Edited by blkss64 on 06-25-20 08:15 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
DonSSDD 
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06-26-20 12:57 AM - Post#2797224    
    In response to blkss64

Don’t forget to order the gasket as well.
Don

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turbo38s10 
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06-26-20 08:00 AM - Post#2797232    
    In response to DonSSDD

In a pinch and if your lucky and strong, Ive seen my dad use a piece of 2 ft long piece of chain over 2 of the lugs with nuts on them and a X type lug nut wrench and it work.
Put the chain on then put the x wrench thru and slam it just like a slide hammer.



 
Chevy_Crazy 
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06-26-20 02:16 PM - Post#2797250    
    In response to turbo38s10

I ordered the billet piece. They were willing to ship it so I'd receive it on Monday. That'll get me back on the road, I'm going to order another one and change the other side when I get it.



 




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