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How do you remove an axle?

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To remove an axle, support the vehicle with jacks, drive out the wheel nuts, and detach the brake caliper from the wheel. Remove the wheel hub, and pull out the axle. You need a wrench, two car jacks, a screwdriver, pliers, working gloves and a receptacle to complete this task.

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  1. Support the vehicle, and remove the hub cape

    Support both sides of the vehicle with jacks, and raise the vehicle so the wheel hangs in the air. Remove the hub cap that covers the wheel with a flathead screwdriver.

  2. Unscrew the wheel nuts, and disconnect the calipers

    Protect your hands with working gloves, and use a tire wrench to drive out the nuts that hold the wheel. Remove the bolt that connects the brake caliper to the wheel, and detach the caliper. Hook up the rubber brake to keep the rubber out of your way.

  3. Remove the wheel hub, and pry out the axle

    Place a receptacle beneath the wheel to trap dripping fluid, remove the nut found on the tie rod end, and use a wrench to disconnect the control arm from the steering knuckle. Detach the wheel hub from the strut, and repeat the process for the opposite side of the shaft. Finally, pry out the axle with a screwdriver.

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