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I am trying to get my axle's to come out of the front diff. I have unhooked brakes, ABS sensor, taken off rotor, dust shield, caliper and pad guide and can't get axle to budge. On every diagram I've seen there should be 6 bolts holding axle hub in but on my 2001 range rover 4.6 HSE there is only 4 and believe me I've looked and looked for the other 2 bolts but there are only 4. The rave CD that the scumbag used car salesman :twisted: gave me with the truck (that is the single solitary peice of info we got with our toy, no owners manual, no service history, no previous owner or vehicle history info whatsoever, prick! :evil: ) shows only a 2000 HSE or the new range rover, 2003 and on, nothing specific for my 2001. Can anyone tell me if they only put 4 nuts in that year or am I looking at the diff from a different vehicle that someone has stuffed into my truck? :crybaby2: :roll:
 

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unit bearings are the main things that holds the axle shafts in place.
if you have the brakes removed, and all the stuff that goes with them, the unit bearings (where the wheel bolts to) should be it. i think mine had 4 bolts on it when i replaced it last year. they go thru the back of the bearing from the differential side.
i doubt you have another axle in there, so i wouldnt worry too much about that. hell, if there was a toyota etc axle in the, that would be an upgrade IMHO!! :thumb:

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Why do you think there are six bolts?
Section 60, Front Suspension, Repair, Drive Shaft and Hub Assembly, page 14. The last instuction "7. Remove 4 bolts securing hub to carrier.".
Turn over to page 15 and there they are in picture 60M7029, all four numbered '7'.
The instructions continue "8. Release hub from carrier. Remove hub and drive shaft assembly.".

As jsmooth65 says, there are 6 on the rear axle.

As the others imply, this is a tight fit. People will have many different methods.
I slack the bolts off a couple of turns, fit a 1/2" drive socket over the bolt head, fit a tapered pin style tool in the air hammer, poke the tool through the socket (which acts as a guide, keeping the point on the bolt head), and pull the trigger. I also wear ear defenders. It's hard work on the arms and stomach muscles, as I'm sitting outside the car, pulling the air hammer towards me. You need to keep moving from one bolt to the other, to 'walk' the hub out of the carrier.

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I won, I got them out with a BFH. I just gave the wheel hub a little love tap and then spun it a bit and tap and spin and tap and spin and pop, :dance: right in my lap. It's always the first one that makes you scratch your head then the rest are quick and easy. Now for the diff and pinion and i'll be able to see what was going on in there.
 
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