rm 1/2 sjaft in 93 civic

hi,
i volunteered to swap the engine in a 93 civic fro a friend whose daughter decided to run the car w/o oil...anyway, i am not sure how to remove the 1/2 shafts, any hints? do the lower ball joints need to be
split? i have never had good luck not damaging the boots, is giving the hub a few good whack to loosen it ok?
thanks, peter
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use the proper tool, its not a pickle fork, and you won't damage the boot. If you don't have access to the proper ball joint remover, then just make sure to use a little grease on the fork to allow the fork to slide on the boot properly. There is still the possibility that you could split it.
Once the ball joint is off and the hub nut removed, the shaft should slide out of the splines in the brake disc. If not, wail on it with a rubber mallet for a bit.
Then, use a persuader bar to pop the snap ring in the trannie, and the shaft should pop out.
If you haven't drained the trannie by now, the fluid will be all over you.... :)
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peter wrote:

Remove the axle nuts first, then pop the ball joints. You may also need to remove the Y shaped yoke at the bottom of the strut. In my experience, this tool by Stahlwille
http://www.stahlwille.com/0095.jpg is the ideal tool for dealing with ball joints. It will not damage the boots. However, you will need to protect the ball joint stud since it has holes drilled through it for the cotter keys and sometimes these may collapse when using this press tool. The simple way to protect the stud is to thread a regular nut (not the castle nut) onto the ball joint stud so that the nut is flush with the end of the stud. The tool is a bit on the pricey side but you may be able to rent one (or something similar) from a tool rental outlet. If you use a pickle fork, the boots may split even if you grease the tool. Be prepared to replace any boots that split open during the separation of the ball joints. Damaged boots will lead to premature failure of the joints. Lastly, do the owner a favor and use a good antiseize compound on all of the suspension bolts you remove before reassembly.
Eric
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