HELP! 1984 300D turbodiesel Has loud clicking noise coming from rear axle area.

I assumed it was due to a needed brake job but that didn't stop the noise. It seems tobe coming from the drive side dust shield. Its most prominent when driving but makes a really loud click when
its first put in gear.Any help here will be greatly appreciated. TIA--NW
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Turned out to be rear axle cv joint. One of the ball bearrings had exploded. How do you remove these suckers. I have it loose from the wheel side of the axle , but how do you remove the axle from the center housing. Do you have to remove the entire shaft assembly? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. TIA=--NW
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