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The outer joint will come apart, too. It's just harder to get apart. Take the CV boot loose and slide it up the axle toward the other CV joint or just remove the inner joint first and completely remove the boot. Clamp the axle shaft in a vise with the outer joint hanging straight down. Now, take a large punch and set it against the outer joint, as close to the axle shaft as you can get it. Now, with a big hammer, give the punch a hard whack. It may take several tries to knock the joint off, as some of them are hard to get off. If you have trouble, you can try rotating the axle in the vise and hitting different spots around the cage. The larger the punch you use, the easier it will be to knock it off. The only thing holding the outer CV joint to the axle shaft is a clip ring, just like on the stub that fits back into the diff. You can't see the clip ring until you knock the joint off. Once you get the CV joint off the end of the axle shaft, just rotate the cage until you can remove the ball bearings, one at a time. Once you get all the ball bearings out, the cage will come out. Reassembly is just opposite of disassembly, but it can be a little harder to get the ball bearings back in the cage if you haven't done this before. It's almost like working a puzzle and the more you get in, the harder it is to get the next ball bearing in.
Since the outer joint is harder to disassemble, a lot of people will just buy half shafts if the inner CV joint is good. Half shafts come with the outer CV joint already assembled on the end of the axle and have everything but the inner CV joint.
Last edited by Helmut; 02-06-2012 at 03:00 AM.