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Old 12-16-2009, 11:58 PM
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I tried searching but my search doesn't seem to be working...
anyways i am having a hell of a time trying to get my pinion shaft out i removed the set bolt and after that ball my manual says is to remove pinion shaft... it is not stuck on the gears at all has a bit of movement but i just can't get the damn thing apart. ohh yes the set bolt came out whole aswell

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Old 12-17-2009, 12:26 AM
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on second inspection i was looking at the wrong bolt before lol, it snapped and is stuck in there any ideas on how to get it out?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:44 AM
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Are you talking about the axle pinion shaft? If so then everything has to come out before you can take out the pinion. Check the FAQ for the service manual for a detailed instructions on it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:02 AM
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it's the pinion shaft in the rear differential that you need to remove to get the axles out
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:50 AM
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OHHHHH the centershaft bolt...
if its broken, your going to fight with it more getting it out rather than pulling and changing the entire axle section...you could use an angle drill and a easy out
but its a *****.
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Mine had a nice groove worn in it from the spider gear, I just took a hammer and drift and beat it out..
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:11 PM
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yeah, but thats the center pin. if the lock bolt is still in there, its threaded into the other side of the carrier housing after it goes through the carrier, your not gettin that sucker out easy
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:43 AM
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damn that was what i was afraid of. well i guess ill try the 90 drill and easy out...

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Old 12-18-2009, 11:44 PM
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When and if you can get the bolt out of the cross pin .You will need to mike the cross pin hole to see if it is oval .If you can find any difference ,toss the carrier.These newer carriers are softer than the old ones. This also happens in fwd trans. When the hole distorts it lets the pin move and shear the bolt. I have seen the pin slowly walk out and mill a grove in the transmition case. If it happens in a rear diff it is alot more violent .
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damn that was what i was afraid of. well i guess ill try the 90 drill and easy out...

thanks for the help
I though you said the locking bolt came out as a whole (not broken)?

Broken cross pin bolts are a big problem in Ford rearends but I've worked on a lot and never managed to break one yet..
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:07 PM
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still can't get this thing out driving me nuts my poor GTR is out in the cold while i work on my truck! lol

anyways as i said in second post i was mistaken i was half asleep when i was trying to figure out why it wasn't coming apart.

I think i am just going to have to drill through the pinion or something that might be the easiest way got a replacement for 13 bucks just need to find away to cut through 2-3mm of this hard hard metal...
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:34 PM
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Do you have a torch to cut through it? A little messy but might be your best bet.

BTW, very offtopic, but post up some pics and info on that skyline! Thats not somthing most of us get to see everyday! Is it right hand drive?
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:46 PM
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don't have one but any excuse is a good one to buy some more tools

thanks you have been very helpful.


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Oxy-Acetylene torches can get expensive, but its definately a good thing to have around! It should be able to cut through the center pin, just be very careful if you go that route! Some people use those torches to weld up their spider gears... and i doubt you want to do that!!

That skyline is sick! Definately clean. I've always liked those cars.
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ahh another nissan fan eh? i just sold my 91 silvia

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