How to remove a bolt in axle shaft WITHOUT any special tools—Do it yourself

Heres a short tutorial on how to remove a bolt in axle shaft from a rear end without the need of a slide hammer or any kind of special pullers.The rear end shown in this video is a DANA 35 in a Jeep Cherokee. Ford 9 inch rearends are similar. PLEASE NOTE*** If your axle flange DOESNT have the access hole to remove the bolts as shown in this video…The rearend is likely a C Clip rearend and this method WILL NOT work,and the diff cover will need to be removed to access the C clips.

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25 Responses to How to remove a bolt in axle shaft WITHOUT any special tools—Do it yourself

  1. yes it did work out …
    yes it did work out there is not a c clip on my 1999 grand cherokee lorado rear diff. i put rotor on backwards with the lug nuts on halfway and a few good pulls axle came out . thank you i think this is the easy way instead of a slide hammer .

  2. Frank…remove your …
    Frank…remove your rear brake drum. Look at the axle flange where the wheel studs are. Does it have a large access hole between 2 of the studs like what’s outlined in the video? If so then its likely a bolt in rear axle. If not its a C clip rearend.Does your 75 Charger have the bodystyle of a Chrysler Cordoba? If so, I’m betting it has an 8-1/4 rearend. Same rearend as a 72 Dodge van I own, its got a C Clip rearend.Hope this helps.

  3. Hi i have a 1975 …
    Hi i have a 1975 dodge charger se and i was wondering if you knew if my axle had a bolt in axle shaft or if it had a c clip end…. for the life of me i cant find this info, any help would be greatly appreciated

  4. If you mean that …
    If you mean that you have rear disc brakes, then yes I suppose it would work…but only if you are certain that you have bolt in rear axle shafts…if you have a c clip rear end no amount of pulling on the drum or didc is gonna help the axle release. Check your flange where the studs come through. If there’s not a large access hole, its a c clip rearend.

  5. so this would work …
    so this would work with a rotor also instead of drum but the same concept ? . turn rotor around like drum use 3 lug nuts and pull .

  6. Cont…you can then …
    Cont…you can then remove the carrier assembly. Keep note of any washers and the races for the bearings must be kept track of too…once that’s out the spider gears should come right out if I remember correctly…hope this helps…

  7. @Kalische…your …
    @Kalische…your 2001 likely has a c clip rearend.you must remove the diff cover.Once it drains push the axleshaft towards the vehicle, reach in and remove the C clip.Repeat for the other side.Then the axles should slide right out. You must then remove the carrier which is held on with 2 bolts on each side. Make sure you mark the bearing caps before you remove them. They MUST go back on EXACTLY the way they were before removing.The caps CANNOT be swapped side to side and top and bottom.

  8. How to replace …
    How to replace Broken spider gears in Dana 35 rear differential Jeep TJ Sport 2001?

  9. @Justin…as far as …
    @Justin…as far as the bearings are concerned on a non C Clip (bolt in) rearend, you gotta take the axle to a machine shop. The only way to get the bearing and retainer off is to cut them off.Then the new bearing and retainer get pressed back on…BTDT…

  10. @GH32231…on your …
    @GH32231…on your 99 I’m almost certain its a C Clip style that requires removing the center cover of the rearend for access.You should have 1 C clip for each axle shaft…

  11. I have no problem …
    I have no problem removing my axles, but does anyone have a trick on removing the pressed on lock on the bearings

  12. my 1999 jeep grand …
    my 1999 jeep grand Cherokee is the same way except for the axle hole and I was wondering if you have to press the axle back in during reassembly or if you just put the bolts on the plate because after I reassembled it I did not press it in and now while driving I hear a sound that resembles dragging a chain down the road coming from the rear wheel which I just reassembled please answer this question I need help Thank you!

  13. TOMMY35SS…Your …
    TOMMY35SS…Your question is beyond my scope of knowledge, I simply do not know the answer to your question, and I won’t even make a guess, as I don’t want to mislead you or others…sorry. I appreciate you watching my video…

  14. To the best of my …
    To the best of my knowledge, if the axle shaft DOES NOT have the access hole, then it is a C clip Axle.The bolts you are seeing do nothing more than hold the brake backing plate on to the axle housing.

  15. Will all bolt in …
    Will all bolt in axles have the access hole? I have an 88 Chevy 1500 and I see bolts behind the hub but I don’t know if those are holding the axle in. If they are, how do I access the bolts without the hole?

  16. Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the video, kept wondering how bolt in axles work vs c clips. Are fully floating axles any different from semi floating bolt in axles?

  17. The other way it …
    The other way it can be done is with an axle flange adapter and a slide hammer which can be rented from most auto parts stores, why do that…as you can see…special tools arent required.

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