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Old 05-10-2011, 07:55 AM
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56 Olds Rear End Tear Down

I have a rear axle from a 56 Olds that has a stuck center section. The wheels turn when there is no load on them but it will not turn with the weight of the car on them.

I have pulled the axle assy out and would like to remove the center section to see/fix the problem.

What is the process for removing the center section? It appears the axles have to come out first. How do the axles come out?

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The axles are held in with four bols on the housing at the brake backing plate.Remove them and the axle slides out.
After axles are out then remove the diff.gears.
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olds rear

mark williams still has parts for early olds/pontiac rears
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I just got a job today changing the 3rd member in a 56 Olds. He has a junkyard one that I need to pull apart and check over, then install. Thanks for the info on where to get parts.
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bty back in the day that was the rear of choice like the ford 9in is today.they were strong and better than a 12 bolt.had one in my 55 chevy with 557 gears a nd one in my big block anglia with 488 gears never had a problem with them they can handle a good amount of power
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