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Default rear axle stuck

I attacked (among other things) tonight my rear brakes. I have new shoes that need installed. I remove the axle nut and attempted to drift the axle out: it wont budge. I put the nut back on loose and took some wacks with my 6 lb. maul and the axlle came out about 1/8 of an inch but that's it. IT feels like I am running into a steel wall. I assume it is rusted to a sleeve of some sort within the wheel.

Any tips on getting a stuck axle out? I have sprayed the assembly the best I could with wd40 (what I have sitting around( an am going to let it sit for a overnight. I'll pound on it again in the am and see what happens.

In the meantime: any tips for removing a stuck rear axle??
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PB blaster and let it sit over night.
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I attacked (among other things) tonight my rear brakes. I have new shoes that need installed. I remove the axle nut and attempted to drift the axle out: it wont budge. I put the nut back on loose and took some wacks with my 6 lb. maul and the axlle came out about 1/8 of an inch but that's it. IT feels like I am running into a steel wall. I assume it is rusted to a sleeve of some sort within the wheel.

Any tips on getting a stuck axle out? I have sprayed the assembly the best I could with wd40 (what I have sitting around( an am going to let it sit for a overnight. I'll pound on it again in the am and see what happens.

In the meantime: any tips for removing a stuck rear axle??
Try some Liquid Wrench. You may get much better advice, but unless you can lift it up, turn it sideways, place it under a hydraulic press, I know only impact force, without damaging the threads (using a nut to protect them, as you are doing). That is what one H-D dealer did to my 2002...and then did not bother replacing the sealed bearings.
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PB blaster and let it sit over night.
Good review at Home Depot...think I will buy some tomorrow...just to have.
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after you let it sit overnight, put a socket on it, from the left side. 1¼" socket should fit. Turn it CCW then CW then CCW etc. You know, rock it back & forth. Hopefully the axle will break loose and then you might be able to turn it out.

If it's really bad, you may need a buddy tapping it from the right side while you work the socket from the left side.
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Undo the brake anchor bolt.
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If all else fails. I had this happen on my brothers 2000 xlc. After repeated applications of penetrating oil and the air hammer, we succeeded in mushrooming the axle. I then reached in from behind with a loooong sawzall blade and cut through the spacers and the axle.

Once the wheel was off the bike we could use the air hammer to drift what was left of the axle out. Obviously needed a new axle and spacer, but that was relatively cheap.

Apply never seize to the new axle!

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after you let it sit overnight, put a socket on it, from the left side. 1¼" socket should fit. Turn it CCW then CW then CCW etc. You know, rock it back & forth. Hopefully the axle will break loose and then you might be able to turn it out.

If it's really bad, you may need a buddy tapping it from the right side while you work the socket from the left side.
Don't waste your time. When it seizes, it is the axle to the spacer between the bearings. it will turn with the axle. You can rock it back and forth till your face turns blue and it won't help.

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If all else fails. I had this happen on my brothers 2000 xlc. After repeated applications of penetrating oil and the air hammer, we succeeded in mushrooming the axle. I then reached in from behind with a loooong sawzall blade and cut through the spacers and the axle.

Once the wheel was off the bike we could use the air hammer to drift what was left of the axle out. Obviously needed a new axle and spacer, but that was relatively cheap.

Apply never seize to the new axle!

Good luck,

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+1 on the never seize years ago when I replaced the tires on my bike the old bkier who worked at the dealer told me to cover the axles in grease before I put them back. but the bikers who worked for the dealer at the time would tell me these tricks for it saved them time and saved me money if I needed them to work on it . Nikki
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loosten the adjusters, also the brake backing plate bolt located just ahead of the axle on the swingarm right side, use a block of wood on the axle end and big hammer, spray with wd or pb work it back and forth it will come out. I'd replace them wheel bearings after hammering on them like that.
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