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tuner4life
10-20-2011, 05:52 PM
On one of my 1993 camry's (5sfe/automatic) I am in the process of changing the transmission and one I found at the junk yard had both C/V shafts removed already. I had heard a rumor that if you remove both shafts at the same time, something falls down into the transmission and the trans is no longer usable. I had heard this from a couple different people, but I cant seem to find any real information anywhere. Everything looks good and still intact in the holes on the differential where the axles go, but maybe I'm missing something

Anyone had experience/problems with this? Will it screw anything up to remove both shafts, or is it just a myth?

Murgatroy
10-20-2011, 06:21 PM
We pulled both axles in Chaos with no issues.


Think of it this way, would you have to keep an axle installed the entire time you swap the tranny?

tuner4life
10-20-2011, 06:54 PM
Ok, thats kind of what I thought. Now my next question is if the drivers side axle broke off at the lock clip (that holds the axle in the transmission). How would I go about getting the broken part out of the transmission without disassembling the whole thing?

http://i354.photobucket.com/albums/r401/tuner4life2/the%20camrys/the%20le/SDC11972.jpg

There is supposed to be another 1/2" or so attached to the end of the shaft with the lock clip on it.

I'm thinking that this might have been the problem the whole time with this trans. Not the whole transmission actually being bad.

CollapsedNut
10-20-2011, 11:05 PM
Balls.... that sucks. I think your gonna have to crack the case.

Doowstados
10-21-2011, 04:34 AM
I would try to drill and tap the stuck piece, thread a long bolt into it and pull it out.

Luni
10-21-2011, 04:50 AM
Actually, SOME cars need a SST or you to leave one axle in the transmission. They have whats called a "floating differential". Fords come to mind. Escorts, Tempos, Taurus, etc. If you pull them, you gotta do them one at a time, or you gotta put in a bar thats the same diameter as the axle, to hold the differential in or it literally could fall into the case of the transmission. Luckily enough, Toyotas arent like this.

zen
10-21-2011, 10:17 AM
can you push a rod through the other side of the transmission? if the differential is hollow from axle to axle, then just wedge a rod in from the other side and push out.

tuner4life
10-21-2011, 01:24 PM
HA!! I fished the lock clip out with a pair of needle nose pliers, and the broken off piece of spline came out with my "magnet on a stick" tool!! This trans is still good!! New seals and a filter kit and new axles and it should be good to go.

Doowstados
10-21-2011, 08:55 PM
HA!! I fished the lock clip out with a pair of needle nose pliers, and the broken off piece of spline came out with my "magnet on a stick" tool!! This trans is still good!! New seals and a filter kit and new axles and it should be good to go.

Good to hear man!

Hipster Lawrence
10-21-2011, 09:10 PM
Actually, SOME cars need a SST or you to leave one axle in the transmission. They have whats called a "floating differential". Fords come to mind. Escorts, Tempos, Taurus, etc. If you pull them, you gotta do them one at a time, or you gotta put in a bar thats the same diameter as the axle, to hold the differential in or it literally could fall into the case of the transmission. Luckily enough, Toyotas arent like this.

I think it was only the imported Korean fords but I'm not sure. I forgot all about them. I worked with a auto trans guy who kept a inner joint in his tool box for those.

The problem is that it doesn't have the pin that runs through the spider gears and if the trans moves the diff will rotate and the spiders fall out.