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I am in the process of rebuilding the front LHS axle assembly on my p38.
I have removed the axle and hub assembly in one piece and I have loosened the central nut (200 ft lbs !) and separated the hub.

Question: How do I now get the half shaft out of the CV joint ?

I can see a metal ring on the half shaft where it goes into the central spider of the CV joint. I understand there is a groove at the end of the half shaft but I can't see how it all fits together. Rave doesn't say anything.
Tried knocking it off but reluctant to cause any damage.

Advice much appreciated.

Dave
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As I understand it there is just a snap ring that fits into grooves in the joint and on the shaft - this hold the two parts together. I replaced a rubber boot not so long ago and couldn't get mine apart at home either so I would suggest that it is a job for a CV specialist shop. They will have it apart easily and, more importantly, with no damage.
For the effort and trouble leave such a minor job to an expert. It should be cheap to do as well.
 

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I had one of my half shafts out to replace the CV boot, a month ago, and cleaned it up and gave it a real good looking over in an attempt to find a way to get it apart. The shaft would very slightly move back and forth in the CV Joint so it must be slid into splines? and clipped somehow, but I couldn't see any recognizeable fitting. I ended up pressing the seal plate off the shaft to slide the new boot on, but am still real curious how the CV Joint disconnects from the shaft. :think:
 

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There is a groove on the shaft and also in the cv housing and a ring clip holds the two together. They are parted by pulling the shaft out of the cv - the clip is forced down into the shaft groove. I tried to seperate mine and was eventually told by the cv shop (where I bought my new boot) that some cars can be 'quite difficult to take apart' - polite translation of his actual words. If it is really so important I would take it to them and if something goes wrong then it is on their heads. It would just save a lot of time and effort as they are experienced in the ring-clip jobs and it will take them only a couple of minutes.
 

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OK. So, if I were to apply a steady pressure pulling the shaft from the CV assembly, it should theoretically just pop apart?

I'll be damned... Googled it. The boot replacement kit I got had one of these wire C-clips that came with it. It was extra parts left over... :oops: Oh well, got it done.

Here's some tiny photos, the projects on a VW CV Joint but it looks almost exactly the same as what I found (and didn't find) with mine:

http://www.hasengeeks.com/projects.php?page=axles
 

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Done the job.
I pulled the CV joint off the half shaft using a home made puller.....my god it was on tight.
Thanks for the advice guys. Now it is apart I can see how it fits together with the ring clip in the groove. What threw me was the spacer ring on the shaft.

FYI my method was to clamp the half shaft in a large vice then put a length of 6" pipe over the CV joint and use a steel plate with a hole in it for the stub axle. Tighten down on the whole lot using the axle nut et voila. A few taps and it came off. I think just hammering it off could easily lead to damage due to the amount of force required.

I work on the principle of why pay someone to do the job when you can do it yourself.

Next job getting the bearing out of the hub. Any volunteers?

Dave
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