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Guys

Im removing my rear axle and fitting a new diff. Any tips for half shaft removal and axle positioning when refitting.

Thanks Paul 

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You've no need to remove the axle to change the diff, can be done in situ. Ideally you want a slide hammer for the halfshafts, you could always use an old rim fastened on and hit from the back with a hammer. Some just fall out others can be a bit tight. If you do remove the axle it self locates on the springs with the centre bolt via a locating hole in the spring saddle fixed to the axle so shouldn't have any problems there.

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referencing what Colin says on the axle removal, if you decide to remove it, get the spring saddles sand blasted and re painted, the corrosion builds up so bad on the inside, that instead of big gaps either side of the springs, they tend to laminate up so bad they trap the springs

re the self aligning, again a good tip, buy new spring pads from stage 1 motorsport, make sure you remove the collars that were part of the old upper pads, that come off and corrode to the axle, the old pads will be knackered unless recently replaced

the reason for buying stage 1 pads is, they are self aligning like the ford ones as Colin says, just the collar is done in rubber not steel, all the poly junk ones ive seen and have fitted a set, do not self align, the stub isn't tall enough to go through the hole in the axle , I spent a day keep measuring to get it right, as you start to tighten it all moves again, very frustrating, but a good lesson learnt

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Guys ive taken the axle off . Its got single leaf springs and 40mm lowering blocks as the axle seemed to roll under heavy acceleration/ deceleration.  

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2 hours ago, bigbadsquare said:

Guys ive taken the axle off . Its got single leaf springs and 40mm lowering blocks as the axle seemed to roll under heavy acceleration/ deceleration.  

That's what radius or tramp bars are for, Ford didn't fit them for no reason LOL!

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As above, also fitting 40 mm spacer block will mulitiply the problem. Anti tramp bar kit are readily availiable for the escort would suggest buying one to cure the problem.

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