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    Anyone know where I can buy or rent a diff puller to replace front axle seals on a Wrangler?

    Or maybe even a shop that does it cheap.

    Much appreciated!

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    Autozone, Oreilly's and I think others do 'loaner tools' - basically you put a deposit for the price of the tool, use it and return it and get your deposit back (or keep it if you like). Have you looked at these already?
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    No luck with them, I guess it's not a common enough tool, I did contact route 4 auto sales and they gave me a great estimate so I'm gonna have them do it, thanks!

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    My local advanced auto and autozone do not rent case spreaders. Iíve removed a number of gear sets and use 2 pry bars and a piece of rubber to protect the case machined surface. That technique is used on older axles, or larger axles, the newer D30 I have removed by hand.

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    Just put a rag between the pinion and ring and spin the ring. It will pop right out. You can get it back in if you're careful... a case spreader is normally just a time saver, not a requirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Posimoto View Post
    My local advanced auto and autozone do not rent case spreaders. Iíve removed a number of gear sets and use 2 pry bars and a piece of rubber to protect the case machined surface. That technique is used on older axles, or larger axles, the newer D30 I have removed by hand.
    Yup a pry bar and a block of wood is all i use. The more miles the easier it will be. Dont think you will ever find a case spreader for rent from a store. Thats a tool that can damage axles if one is not careful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scerb View Post
    Just put a rag between the pinion and ring and spin the ring. It will pop right out. You can get it back in if you're careful... a case spreader is normally just a time saver, not a requirement.
    I'm with this guy. Rag to get them out, dead blow hammer to get them back in.

    Case spreaders are for the 1%. Haha.

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    This was also my go to method till I had a rag lock up a diff so bad one time years ago. When the rag got into the tooth mesh and started to push the carrier out it cocked sideways just a little bit and jammed itself. I had to really beat it back in to seat it and start over with another method. This axle had really low miles like 40-50k so that was not helping.
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    Pry out/dead blow in has been my method in the past, but as Jared stated...spreaders do seem nice to have, if you do that sort of thing a lot.
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    The only time I use a spreader are when I'm seating ARB's and don't want to hose the copper tube.

    x6 on the block of wood/rag, and deadblow for re-install.

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