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I have a 2008 F250 and decided to try and replace the upper and lower ball joints at the house. Everything went smoothly until the part where the axle must be removed and pulled out through the steering knuckle. I found other posts and videos where they seemed to just pull the axle out with ease. From what it seems, all the instructionals posted are 2007 or older which are different inside the hub. Instead of having a "thrust washer" my axle has some round thing that does not look like can be removed.
Has anyone removed the axle through the steering knuckle? Any helpful tips or websites to visit? I was told it must be pressed out by a machine shop, but I don't see how that's right. I can post pics if needed.
My E99 F350 has a Dana 60 front axle. I do not know if your model is the same but imagine it is.
I had to pry the front axles out of the axle tube and through the knuckle. It did not come easy as you have to force the big seal in the knuckle out.
I just kept prying on it with as big a pry bar as I could fit in there until it all came out.
I was told that you can drive the big seal out of the knuckle by pounding on the u joint to drive the seal out but did not try it.
It is a tight fit and you are going to destroy the seal but it will work.
PS: I found that putting a new seal back on the axle was a chore also. I really had to drive it one. I had a tool made up by a local pipe shop but still had to use a punch. If you runin the seal then just buy another one and try again.
Thanks guys, I was trying to do it without damaging the seal but it just wasn't happening. With the help of a much bigger hammer and some bud light, they popped right out. Now i'll just have to wait until the ford house opens to get the new seals and it should be all downhill from there.
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