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removing a stubborn rear axel from a hr holden

I have replaced a defective differental in my hr, so this involves the removal of both axels, one axel came out all right with the "put the wheel on and push back and fro method"but the other that's a different story, it would not budge no matter what, it was stuck in there and after lots of wd 40 two burly men and three hours of trying the wheel method on and off still no good, by this time I was swearing my head off and totally frustrated, my freind had enough and yes I was told to use a slide hammer, but I have found them ineffective and time consuming, besides not having one at the time, well I saw an item in the shed, it's a galavanised square plate with two holes in in it about 4 inches square and a shaft welded in the centre about 6 inches long, it's used as a concrete post support and I bought it from bunnings, anyway the holes on the plate lined up with two of the axel bolts, I then drilled a 3/8 hole in the end of the shaft put a thick screwdriver on it bolted the plate to the axel and belted the screwdriver with the hammer, after 3 or 4 blows the shaft came out! more than one way to do something, cheers

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I guess it's too late to check now, but, I've seen wheel bearings put on axles the wrong way around: ie: with the rubber seal on the inside edge of the bearing.
When this happens they get a build up of rust and crap between the bearing and the axle tube and it makes the axles very hard to get out.
David

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Old is good.

yep, too late now to help, but, old school way, is take the brake drum off, turn it around & put it on backwards, but just on with the wheel nuts on by about the thickness of the nut, HEY presto, you now have a slide hammer. Never let me down yet.
But hey, you got the job done, that's all that matters, the end result.
Bryan

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bryan

thats how i was shown how to do it

daniel d

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I thought of doing that but was a bit wary of damaging the brake drum, maybe I worry to much, but you have proven me wrong, and yes the bearing was fitted on the wrong way and rusted but not by me, as that's the first time that axel has come out of the car in the 15 years I have had it,where as the easy one I have replaced it once before and fitted the bearing correctly, thanks to Bryan and David for your comment, cheers Robert

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An axe with a length of chain connected to the axle, one swing, its out. Never failed for me yet :)

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Holdenpaedia, they're the brakes Mate.

I don't know the way to put on the wheel bearings. So far I may have put them on all the wrong way around. there is a inner collar (inner race which protrudes slightly by 1mm and the spring dust cover is on this side. I have been putting this side to the diff. The plain plastic cover side which is all level I put to the tyre side of axle. Now my mechanic says I have put them on backwards.

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Which way around?
side A has spring dust cover and protruding inner race by 1mm.
Side B has hard flat plastic seal and inner race has small curved face.

Which side goes to diff? Which goes to tyre???

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Heres what I have tried:

Chain and axle
Jacking from diff housing
Hitting hub when under pressure
Heating axle housing

It's still there....

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Stupid as this sounds and forgive me if you take offence,

but have you removed the retaining plate and 4 nuts that hold the axle in?

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