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Unread 11-27-2005, 03:27 PM   #1
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72 Wagoneer rear axle removal

How do I get the rear axles out of a 72 Wagoneer? Do I need an axle puller? I was told there might be a pin or snap ring inside the punkin that holds the axle in. I need to remove the axles to take off the brake backing plates. Thanks for any info.

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Unread 11-28-2005, 09:38 AM   #2
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No pin or snap ring holding the axles on. You have to remove the plate at the end of the axle tubes that has 4 or 5 (I can't remember exactly) bolts. You access the bolts throught the hole in the axle end. You may need a puller, but a common trick is to reverse the brake drum, put on the lug nuts a little, and use the drum as a slide hammer. Unless the outer axle bearings are really buggered up, this should do the trick.
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Unread 11-28-2005, 12:41 PM   #3
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No pin or snap ring holding the axles on. You have to remove the plate at the end of the axle tubes that has 4 or 5 (I can't remember exactly) bolts. You access the bolts throught the hole in the axle end. You may need a puller, but a common trick is to reverse the brake drum, put on the lug nuts a little, and use the drum as a slide hammer. Unless the outer axle bearings are really buggered up, this should do the trick.
Thanks. What I was worried about was having to get into the differential to release the axle. I've got a 5# slide hammer puller. The plate that attaches to the axle flange is almost flat so unless there's a hub sticking out past the flange (like on my 56 CJ5) it should work. I'm headed to the library to look up the specifics on 72 wagoneers. Pictures always help.

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Unread 11-28-2005, 05:42 PM   #4
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Arent the axles in a 72 2-piece? If so, wouldnt that method not work?
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Unread 11-29-2005, 03:33 AM   #5
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Arent the axles in a 72 2-piece? If so, wouldnt that method not work?
I looked at a Haynes manual on the 72 Wagoneer yesterday and it seemed like a straightforward removal like J4 GRAND said above. I'm about to find out because in about 6 hours I'm leaving for the junkyard to pull them. It's 10 degrees outside now, supposed to go to the 40's tomorrow and then turn colder again on Wednesday so I've got to make my move before someone else bags them. I'll let you know how it all turns out. Thanks for all the help.

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Unread 11-29-2005, 08:19 AM   #6
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No Jode, they are not. The two-piece, 19 spline Dana 44s were done after 1969. In '70, they went to the one-piece, 30 spline Dana 44.
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Unread 11-30-2005, 10:10 AM   #8
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First, I want to thank everyone for the helpful information. Second, I have to say the removal job was a snap. Thanks to the dry Colorado climate, I didn't even need a puller to get one rear axle off. It just slipped off by hand. Did have one scary moment, though. The other rear axle had a rubber plug in the access hole for the bolts behind it. With all the dirt and crud on it, it looked like solid steel. There were two marks that looked like they could be a hole. I tapped on one with a wrench and it was solid steel. Didn't know how the heck we were going to get to those bolts. While I was taking off the front backing plates, my buddy was working on the rears. After a few minutes he told me that he discovered the rubber plug. No sweat after that.

Also, I picked up the set of Warn manual lockers from the vehicle since they were in such good shape. I don't know if they'll fit my 56 CJ5 or not. If not, you'll see them posted in the items for sale section. Thanks again for the help. Great forum

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Unread 12-01-2005, 04:57 PM   #9
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First, I want to thank everyone for the helpful information. Second, I have to say the removal job was a snap. Thanks to the dry Colorado climate, I didn't even need a puller to get one rear axle off. It just slipped off by hand. Did have one scary moment, though. The other rear axle had a rubber plug in the access hole for the bolts behind it. With all the dirt and crud on it, it looked like solid steel. There were two marks that looked like they could be a hole. I tapped on one with a wrench and it was solid steel. Didn't know how the heck we were going to get to those bolts. While I was taking off the front backing plates, my buddy was working on the rears. After a few minutes he told me that he discovered the rubber plug. No sweat after that.

Also, I picked up the set of Warn manual lockers from the vehicle since they were in such good shape. I don't know if they'll fit my 56 CJ5 or not. If not, you'll see them posted in the items for sale section. Thanks again for the help. Great forum

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Don't think they're gonna work. The 27 front axle in the 56 has a different spline count.
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