I replaced both sides. I recalled one side was a little more difficult than the other (driver side). I ended up having a friend crawl underneath and me at the wheel both yank on it. Maybe a little tapping with a hammer but no retainer rings.I'm trying to replace my passenger side cv axle, but can't get the old cv axle out. I have the kind of axle that has the female end that connects to the vehicles male end. Is there some clip or bracket that i need to remove first?
Huh? Never heard of this. Plus its a front wheel drive car so its mostly likely to be in Park and you can't spin any front axle while its in Park.The main thing to remember is to never turn the axles at all when one axle is removed.
If you spin the other axle while the other one has been removed the gears can fall out of place and you will not be able to get the axle back into place without opening up the trans.
This is one trick I have never heard of.Another method to remove the axle is to use a small gage (1/8"/3mm) steel cable and a sledge hammer (as a dead weight).
Form a loop using an eyelet/eyenut and thread the opposite cable end around the backside of the seat/splined/small end of the cv axle, transmission side, and through the loop; pull to tighten it so it can't slip off. With the other cable end leading out past the wheel well, secure to the sledge hammer/dead weight. A swing or two with increased intensity and off she comes! Beats being underneath the car trying to pry against the transmission, etc. while on jack stands/blocks with limited space.
Upon installation of your new axle, dab a bit of grease on the C clip shaft end to assist in seating the c-clip, and perhaps if the need arises again, to aid in removal of the axle down the road.