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Hi I an stuck changing out the passenger side CV joint on my 99 Dodge Dakota 4X4. I found a fairly informative video on line and it went well right up until the removal. I do not have quite enough clearance to slide the shaft off of the flange, the shaft collides with other parts. What would be the best way to gain some clearance? Thanks

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Don, have you got it out yet? Sometimes it takes a lot of bending and prying to get the axle out, the main thing is don't give up.
 

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tie a ratchet strap around the cv at the diff then to the frame and crank a few times. this little tension will help to pull it. as for clearance all I ever do is seperate the lower ball joint and tie rod. this will allow you to move the spindle anywhere you want it out of your way.
 

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Actually I ended up removing the upper ball joint by taking out the 3 bolts that hold it in. Everyting came out after that. Needed to take my sabresaw to the bolts. Where I live (upstate NY) they use salt on the roads in the winter.
 

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Yep got the new shaft in however I just discovered that my brake caliper pin holes are stripped out. Somebody already used the Dorman oversized bolts the holes are stripped for tem too. I am prtty familiar with threads as i am a quality control tech in a machine shop. I have a pair of calipers home and the original equipment bolts (from the other side) are measuring 8.9 for the major diameter so I make the threads to be 9X 1 approx (guessng at the pitch will need to check the pitch on comparator at work. 9mm is a weird size to me.
 
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