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getting ready to R&R the driver's side CV shaft

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Looks to be an easy job, except for pulling the shaft out of the transmission. Most vids talk about how that can be difficult due to a stuck snap ring. It's hard to see in the vids but is there enough room and access to get some snap ring piers up in there to release the ring?
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No - the snap ring is internal. You need to pull it sharply or rap it sharply and it will compress and pull out. A slow pull will not work (maybe with a special tool) - you also need to exert force on the outside of the inner portion - not pulling on the shaft as the joint will absorb the energy. Last time I did mine I think I used a larger flat (flat head screw driver or crow bar), found a place to place it and gave it a good wack with a hammer. Just place it some where it will not chip anything.
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Re: getting ready to R&R the driver's side CV shaft

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The Volvo spare tire wrench has a flat end which fits nicely to pry on it. May have to remove the splashield if you still have it
Also can get stuck inside the wheel hub (hopefully not). I once tried to remove one at the junkyard - it was so stuck inside the tranmission, I broke the tip of the spare wrench, a cold chisel, then brought a 2ft pry bar - no luck. When installing a new one, if the clip is too large and it doesn't slide in easily inside the transmission, don't force : it may never come out again. Also may use some grease both on the transmission and spindle side.
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thanks. I have an aftermarket spare tire tool. The original was a stamped lug nut socket that screwed onto the tow eye. I have a few pry bars - one looks like a huge long screwdriver with an angled tip and i have one of those pry tools use to pull nails out of wood. and a huge crow bar. one of those has got to get it out . I have been working on my French profanity bout maybe I should pick up on some Swedish before I get to prying on this thing..

I may go to the parts yard and practice before I go to work on mine.

so if the clip is too large, is it ok to swap it with the old one?
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Re: getting ready to R&R the driver's side CV shaft

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Great idea to practice on junk first.

When I removed the transmission on our V70 AWD I used a pair of claw hammers. I’d spin the half shaft 1/8 turn, pry, 1/8 turn, pry, 1/8 turn pry etc. I spose a good method would be with two people, one person with the claw hammers & the other with a hammer & brass drift.

I never like prying against a trans housing but there’s not enough room for the tool I usually use with a slide hammer, so just gotta grit your teeth & go for it.

Check your trousers, trans housing, & if all is well enjoy the rest of the task.
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Re: getting ready to R&R the driver's side CV shaft

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I learned the trick from jimmy57, basically the C-Clip in the axle has an opened end.
You want the opened end to face down so it does not "hang" and gets stuck.
So rotate the axle, pull a bit, rotate again, no need to force it.

I posted all the tricks in the DIY in this forum...
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I thought the C clip was a snap ring, hence the question about getting snap ring pliers in the to compress the C / snap ring.
Yeah, I'm concerned about prying against the transmission housing. That sounds scary. I was hoping to put something against the transmission housing the spread the pressure. Or maybe pry from opposite sides at the same time.
I'll go looking in the DIY forum - thanks
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Don’t over- worry this. I’ve never spent more than 73 seconds popping an axle

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That's something I'm good at - over worrying a car repair job. :-)
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Re: getting ready to R&R the driver's side CV shaft

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NOTE: I used a small piece of cardboard folded in half as cushion, then cold chisel in between the cardboard.
The gently chisel between the INNER CV joint and the Trans Housing: the axle came out w/o issues.

Here is the DIY.

DIY: 2004 V70 2.5T Volvo Axle and Seals (110K miles)
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