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Old 03-22-2019, 06:27 PM   #1
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This weekend I was planning on installing my rear disc kit. I pulled the drums off and removed the nuts holding the axle, tube, and backing plates together. I was under the assumption that it wouldn't take much effort to pull the axles out of the tubes. I have a '76 CJ5, but the axle is most definitely a D44. I can't see behind the seal, so I have no clue what the issue is.

Did the D44s have c-clips? If not, what do you think is going on?

I can't install the disc brakes until I get these axles out.

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Old 03-22-2019, 06:48 PM   #2
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Pics of what I have going on.

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Old 03-22-2019, 07:07 PM   #3
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No C-clip
They have always popped out for me by tapping the flange with a rubber mallet.
I'm assuming you don't have a slide hammer?
They rent them for no charge at your local parts store.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:07 PM   #4
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It's been awhile, but as I recall, there is a pressed on collar (bearing retainer) on the axle shaft. The shaft has to come out with the bearing. It won't slide out of the bearing until the collar is removed, and you have to get the axle out to do that. Kind of looks like you just have a lot of rust holding the bearing in. Give it a good soaking with penetrating oil, and let it sit overnight at least. Then try a slide hammer to pull the axle.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:09 PM   #5
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No C-clip
They have always popped out for me by tapping the flange with a rubber mallet.
I'm assuming you don't have a slide hammer?
They rent them for no charge at your local parts store.
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:13 PM   #6
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I picked up a slide hammer, and it's soaking in PB blaster.

Hopefully I don't destroy the out seal. I'll have to pull the bearings for that, right?

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I'm guessing that seal will leak if you try to reuse it.
While out replace the bearing retainer ring, bearing, and seal.
You'll need to notch the bearing retainer with a chisel to enlarge the bore to remove the retainer, bearing, and seal.
Or bring the shaft to a machine shop and have them do it.
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I'm guessing that seal will leak if you try to reuse it.
While out replace the bearing retainer ring, bearing, and seal.
You'll need to notch the bearing retainer with a chisel to enlarge the bore to remove the retainer, bearing, and seal.
Or bring the shaft to a machine shop and have them do it.
My neighbor has a home garage to die for...and he has a long bearing puller and a press. I'm guessing I'll need to replace the bearing race in the axle tube as well.

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Since the bearing retainer is a pressed on collar, I would replace everything. It's a real hassle to have to split the retainer off if something goes bad.
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Yes, race comes with the new bearing.
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