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post #1 of 8 Old 05-15-2019, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Help needed - rear axle stuck, won’t come out

Hey there! I need some help/advice. I’m trying to do a rear axle seal replacement on my 2013 Jeep JK Sahara Unlimited but I can’t get the driver side axle out. I’ve got the ABS off, the parking brake all off, and the diff open. I have also tried put the old brake rotor on backwards and wailing it with a hammer and it doesn’t budge. Even a slide hammer didn’t work. It feels like it’s locked into place near the brake end. I have tried to do some research and thought it might be a C-clip axle but can’t see any and couldn’t find a way to remove the pin in the diff. Any helpful advice would be great or some insight. Thank you. Going to try the rear passenger side axle on Friday.
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Hey there! I need some help/advice. I’m trying to do a rear axle seal replacement on my 2013 Jeep JK Sahara Unlimited but I can’t get the driver side axle out. I’ve got the ABS off, the parking brake all off, and the diff open. I have also tried put the old brake rotor on backwards and wailing it with a hammer and it doesn’t budge. Even a slide hammer didn’t work. It feels like it’s locked into place near the brake end. I have tried to do some research and thought it might be a C-clip axle but can’t see any and couldn’t find a way to remove the pin in the diff. Any helpful advice would be great or some insight. Thank you. Going to try the rear passenger side axle on Friday.
Did you remove the nuts from the 4 studs holding the wheel bearing retainer plate in place?

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Yup, I removed the 4 nuts from the back
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You may have a bent axle tube. Are you using a slide hammer with the axle flange attachment?

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Both sides stuck?

Saw one time an axle wouldn't come out because the axle breather was threaded in too far, had worn a groove and was preventing axle from moving out.
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Any update ,OP?

I will go with slightly twisted splines at carrier-end or bent shaft.
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I'll go with the seal being stuck in the outer end of the housing.

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I'll go with the seal being stuck in the outer end of the housing.
I've seen that more than the twisted splines but
what got me thinking further-on down the possible causes chain was him saying he'd flipped rotor around & banged on it w/ the BFH. Usually that'll clear those wedged or seized seals when I've seen similar occur.
Maybe OP didn't eat any HGH or spinach or Wheaties that morning ?




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