96’ K1500 SWB Z71 “Caroline”

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  1. Z71Brother

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    Sooner then later it seems, I have a 30x40 pole barn to hide in all winter for a trans swap.

    Call me crazy, I’ve been chatting up the local salvage yard. Working on a getting 14bsf axles, SWB frame, same as mine. NV4500 trans and BW4401, think I’m losing my mind.


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    Alright y’all, need ideas for getting the lower control out... heatin’ an beatin’ ain’t working and I’ve tried with the Air hammer.


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    Can’t be stuck if it’s liquid...


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    Far as my front diff goes I’d like to rebuild it or at the least put new seals in around
    The axle shaft in the case.

    I’m assuming I gotta split the case and pull all the internals apart then knock those seals out.

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    Let me try that again.

    Driver side axle seal requires knocking out the shaft with a slide hammer or similar. They are retained by a spring clip. Sometimes the clip will not compress and the axle does not come out without total disassembly. Passenger side is similar, but the housing on that side must be removed because there is a washer by the actuator that will fall out of place when the axle is removed. The differential case halves themselves do not need to be disassembled.
     
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    I’m slightly confused, so I had no problem when I hammered the shafts out... they didn’t take much work... I then used a fine edged chisel and a hammer and worked my way around the outer shaft oil seal till I got it popped off... but you are saying I can’t just replace those seals and side the axle shafts back in? I need to now pull the case apart and reinstall that washer, but then you said the case halves do not need separated?
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    Here’s where I’m at, the other side is knocked out already and I’m off to town too pick up new seals and gear oil.


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    Sorry I wasn't more clear. The axle tube on the passenger side is where the washer is located. Remove the tube that is attached with 5 bolts and you will see the washer that slides over the polished tip of the axle shaft. It is possible for it to stay in place, but I wouldn't bet on it.
     
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    I sat and thought about it right before I read you’re reply! “I gotta pull that tube off I bet”.

    Stick around, I’m actively pulling it now.


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    Ah, that’s why my 4wd isn’t working.


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