Did you hear that call? The caller said he couldn’t get the old CV joints off the drive shaft. (He didn’t remove the drive shaft from the xmission spline since he was only replacing the outer joints. I’ve done it that way if only the outer CV’s needs repair.) Anyway, so he sawed them off in little pieces. Took him 6 hours or something. He said he couldn’t see how it was possible to remove them without sawing them off.
Is there something about his CV joints that are different from the ones I’ve worked on from VW and Toyota? I’ve done this on both makes as part of replacing the CV boot/cleaning and re-greasing the balls and sockets and never had much difficulty removing the CV joint from the drive shaft. As I recall all you have to do is orient the joint so you and see the clip, then spread the clip apart with a pair of “snap ring pliers”, then the joint pulls right off the shaft. The only problem I’ve ever had with this repair is that the balls tend to fall on the garage floor and roll around every which way. I spend more time looking for where the balls rolled to than most any other part of the job.
Anway, I’m curious why the caller had so much difficulty. Are there some makes of CV joints so configured that removing the joint is more difficult than other makes?