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how does the pinion shaft come out?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by spongebob, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. spongebob

    spongebob Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    im pulling the axles out of my 87 4X4 s-10..i removed the pinion shaft lockscrew..its only 3/4" long, not long enough to hold the pinion shaft.
    i can stick a drill bit in the hole and tough the shaft. i can see all the way to the shaft..but this shaft isnt comming out..i hit it with a brass pin and hammer.. im the original owner..this is the 1st time the cover has been off the truck..
    is this a ***** and i have to hit it harder?:eek:
     
  2. ironworks01

    ironworks01 Member
    Messages: 48

    I assume you are talking about the differential cross pin. This is the pin you must remove to pop the c-clips off. That little bolt should be atleast 1-1.25 inches long..... It looks like 3-4 threads and a 1/2 in pin ater the threads. I suspect the pin is still in the housing holding the cross pin in the diff.
    good luck
     
  3. spongebob

    spongebob Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    your right, but heres the deal,,i cant find the rest of the bolt..im sure its still not in there cause i can see the pin..Oh well
    weird thing is im the original owner never been in there until now..
     
  4. ironworks01

    ironworks01 Member
    Messages: 48

    there is a hole in the pin that the bolt/pin fits into it to keep it from sliding out.
    you can usually get a scribe in there and twist it all the way out...
    good luck
    mike
     
  5. ght1098

    ght1098 Member
    Messages: 86

    Shouldn't have to hit it with a hammer, the pin should just slide out. If part of the bolt is still stuck in there you can try a pick, magnet or drill it out, either way it's a PITA. Good luck.
     
  6. spongebob

    spongebob Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    thanks guys..:nod:
     
  7. spongebob

    spongebob Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    i was lucky..i took a air gun and blew air in the hole the bolt occupied and the end of the bolt came out..

    now i have another problem:dizzy: that i will start a new post with..