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Old 04-21-2005, 10:46 PM
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any tips for removing a stubborn rear?

I am in the process of removing my 8 inch ford center section. axles are pulled and nuts are off of the thing but I cant get it to budge. any tips on breaking it loose. can I hammer on it pretty good without worrying about breaking it?

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Try putting the U-JOINT clamps back on the flange and use a large pry bar to try and pull it lose (side to side). This will prevent any damage with a hammer or pry bar.
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when i had this same problem i just used a screwdriver or thin chisel & tapped it w/a hammer around the outter edge of the 3rd member(where it goes into the housing) untill it broke loose. never had a problem doing that & never damaged anything.....joe
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I agree with the screwdriver approach I had the same concern on my 8 inch and it was a similar chore to re-install it. If the AH who installed it put the latest easy way of a sealer instead of a gasket you probably got to fix that also.
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well im pretty sure that this thing hasnt been off since 1970, and I can see the gasket, the screwdriver just feels like its hitting solid metal instead of gasket. I might nee to jack the car up a bit more so i can get a good swing at the screwdriver. it also looks like there is no play around the bolts. thanks for the input.
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VoodooSurfer,
The center section fits real tight. If you installed it yesterday, you would still have to pull and wiggle at the same time, to get it out. If the center section hasn't been out in 30 yrs, it's even tougher. I would try a putty knife between the section and housing( go around as much as possible. Then try the screwdriver/prybar on the yoke (just wiggle it side to side, up and down). After you have movement, you should be able to wiggle by hand and pull.
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thought I would update everyone. very simple to pull off. once you remove the almost invisible copper washers that snuggly fit around the bolts.. once I got those off it popped right off. thanks for all the tips I appreciate it.
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