post #1 of Old 11-10-2013, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Front driff stuck in axle???

Help folks... I am trying to replace the front axle seals on my 97 JGC. I ave removed the, wheels, hub bearings, axles and diff cover. I just removed the bearing supports from both side bearings. I have tried to work the ring gear out of the center section and it won't move at all. The bearing races (cups) seem to be right up against the casting of the axle. I have tried using a wrench on the ring gear bolts and a pry bar on the ring gear itself, but it looks like its jammed into the cast axle housing.. I have seen others that fall out once the bearing supports were removed... What am I missing here???

Thanks in advance... Eric M

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post #2 of Old 11-10-2013, 12:44 PM
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It should be in there tight to provide bearing preload. One thing that will get it started is to put a wrench on one of the ring gear bolts with the other end up against the housing. Then turn the drivehsaft and it will force the carrier out. You will probably have to pry it out the rest of the way. Another option is to get a case spreader.
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post #3 of Old 11-10-2013, 01:40 PM
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A buddy of mine did his in a xj and it was in very tight so tight in fact it popped out and hit the floor lol.
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post #4 of Old 11-10-2013, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions folks, I was unable to remove the carrier and replace my axle seals today. I hope I don't end up needing a spreader to remove it. I will try again in a couple of weeks when I got some time off.

Eric M
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post #5 of Old 11-11-2013, 06:37 PM
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All mine took was a large screw driver with a rag on the end and i pryed it out but it took a little force.

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