91 Ford Taurus Half Shaft Replace

somewhat of a mechanice here -- have haynes -- never removed half shaft but have to do drivers side -- my question -- whats keeping the half shaft atttached to the transaxle - is it a pressure fit by
circlip -- any tricks anyone no about -- i ve taken them off to replace the hubs because of failed bearings but never on the transaxle side -- is it difficult or should it b left to professional - looks like i have to get some special tools. Appreciate any responses
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You have to use a fork and a hammer to remove the shaft. I just did mine. You have to remove all the bars going to the hub assy first.

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The easy way is to pull the lower ball joint out of the spindle assembly, and have an assistant hold the spindle out away from the car, then place a nice flat piece of broom handle against the tripod joint from the transmission end, and tap it out with a hammer. One lick should unseat it, then you can pull by hand. A small circlip seats in the transmission side by spring pressure only, no special tools required. Make sure to turn the steering wheel to the passenger side as this will extend the rack on the side you're working on and give you more room. Doing it this way you only have to pop the ball joint loose and remove the axle nut. If the circlip hasn't worn in too good you can pull it by hand.
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Ampdoc opined in

Ampdoc is exactly right... there's no need to use a "fork"*... just a chunk of wood and tap on that with a hammer
some transaxles need that same broomstick to hold the gear in place if both axles are to be out at the same time; in that case, use the stick to tap out axle from other side and leave stick in there.
New circlip usually comes with axle.
*Never use a fork on ANYTHING you want to reuse... and it's not necessary, besides.
think of the boss as a chinese finger puzzle.. now think about best way to get your finger loose.
To get ball joints loose, use two heavy hammers, one as anvil.. smack the boss at SIDE to loosen the pin interference. the nut should be run out to end of thread on pin.. and tap smartly on it to finish the job.
same with tie rod ends.
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