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removing output shaft at diff

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Hola!

Is it that simple to remove the flange of the output shaft at the diff with a slide hammer as it is mentioned in the workshop manual?

Or have I to open the diff to remove the circle clip first?

Saludos!
Michael

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You may find that you can simply pull the shaft out after removing the four flange bolts - I did with mine.  There isn't a circlip - the shaft is held in place with a heat-to-fit sleeve inboard of the bearing.

Pete

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Thanks Pete,

My eclat has developed a bit of a fault in this area and returned from Scotland ont he back of an AA truck. I'll probably just bolt in a replacement diff then examine the original one on the bench, but its interesting to hear that the half shaft is only hed in place with a heat to fit sleeve. Does this include a seal as mine is pssing its oil all over the  inside of the passenger brake drum.. Is there any ruber involved?

I suspect my diff has taken a bit of a hammering after driving it (a fairly short distance) after the lower diff stud sheared - stressing the output flange with more road shocks that it should have been receiving.

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Admiral - is this off an Elite or Éclat?

I've had both output shafts out of my diff and didn't see anything like this?

Dunc - the only seal (AFAIK) is the o ring that sits over the output shaft and is compressed between the body of the diff and the rear plate of the brakes. It was a COMPLETE B******D to replace as the rear plate moves and then disturbs the o ring before you tighten everything - you can't see it so only know if it seals by the absence of leaks once all back together. If you check out my thread - I did come up with a natty way of holding the rear plate in situ but it was a bit hit and miss. Another superb example of making something simple in theory but not in practice!

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I'm going to swap my diff out and replace it with another, then I can do a prognosis on what the issue is with the one I have.

 

Handy to get an understanding of what I'm taking on however

 

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Admiral - that looks like an Excel part.  If it is then yes - a slide hammer will do it - you do not have to remove the circlip fist.

Dunc - there is a proper oil seal in the retaining flange that runs on the output shaft and the o-ring that Ant mentions.  The key to getting the o-ring in place is to chamfer the diff housing where the o-ring enters it or the sharp edges can tear it.  It is very un-nerving when you see the little sleeve that holds the entire drive-shaft/wheel etc to the diff 😮.

Pete

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