2002 olds bravada
Ok so this week, I planned to tackle the replacement of my front wheel bearings and some other maintenance that has been pending for finding the time to do it. My Bravada has just over 100K on it and the driver side bearing has been going for a little while just has never been bad enough to warrant replacing until now. The problem that I am having is getting the thing off of the half shaft. I did a search and most people it seems like it just pops off. Mine seems to be corroded on or something. I used the puller from Autozone and stripped the threads on that. I also have my brother helping me since he used to work at a service shop and is a Mechanical engineer but his answer is always to beat everything into submission with a hammer when it does not work as stated in the manual. So I am now concerned that the half shaft may be damaged and need to be replaced since it is stuck and has taken quite the beating. Not to mention the shaft appears to have been leaking grease. Anyhow, does anyone know of any simple tricks in changing the cv half shafts? Any tips would be appreciated. As for the bearing, its going to come out with the shaft one way or another. Thanks.