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I wanted to change one of my ElantraGT axles. Boot is split. I took car to two garages, one a large transmission specialist.
Neither could remove the axle and returned the car to me saying the axle was stuck and further attempts mght break the differential. Car is 2013 with 180000 miles. Advice please?
 

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Your mechanics are a joke. There is a tension ring around the axle shaft that keeps it in place where it goes into the trans.

Assuming they removed the hub, you need to take a pry bar against the the axle shaft and the side of the transmission. Give it a bit of a "pop" and it will come out.

I redid my axle shafts last weekend with 196,000 miles with this technique.
 

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As evotuner86 stated above, it has a tension ring/spring inside. I understand it can be a little scary for the DIY folks, but my Hyundai mechanic says that's how it comes out, and he has done a LOT of them on high mileage vehicles. I let him do the one on daughters 2006 Elantra because I had never done one and it had to be done right, and quickly. Took him about 30 mins on a lift, and he wasn't rushing. Ah, the benefit of experience!
 

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Thank you so much all of you for your advice and common sense. I would do the job myself but am now 85 years old, a British guest in your country who has to behave himself!
 

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Thank you so much all of you for your advice and common sense. I would do the job myself but am now 85 years old, a British guest in your country who has to behave himself!
Completely understand! I'm not British, but close enough in age to be making friends with good mechanics!
 

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I always put a pry bar between the axle large end and tranny. Give a smack with palm of your hand and it pops out lol
 

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Worked all morning with strongman and we still couldn't get it out. Just a thought - car had a bump on that side 2 years ago and much of suspension was replaced do you think the axle could have been forced too much into the differential?
 

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If it was driven that far into the differential I am pretty sure you would have had a major failure by now.
 

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Well it looks like I may have to replace the differential then and 2 new axles? Trouble is I can't find a replacement differential, only one new one from Russia on ebay for 500 US dollars. But you bet I am grateful for your advice please guys and I ain't gonna give up on it? Does the whole transmission have to come out or is the diff separate?
 

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I would try tapping the cv joint/housing multiple times around the circumference with a rubber hammer and maybe even cooling the joint with ice [dry ice] while trying to pry it out. Rotate the assembly several times while trying this. What about a air light air hammer to make the cv housing vibrate while trying to pry it out?
 

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Before I would look at a differential replacement I would take it to a Hyundai dealer. There may be a TSB on the issue that the independents don't have. I can honestly say I have never heard of a "stuck" axle in a Hyundai. Not saying it couldn't happen, but can't be a common thing.

The other issue is that even if you do get another differential, how are you going to get the old one out with the axle still in place? Cut it off mid-way?
 

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Sorry, Technical Service Bulletin. Issued by manufacturers to their dealers when a repair issue is found and special procedures are developed to deal with it.
 

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Thanks flemmons I'm honored to be a guest in your beautiful country and I'm still learning!
 

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Thank you for the update. Sorry to hear things didn't work out.
 
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