Our condolences on your loss Russell... Trying times for you and family to be sure....
Russell. Yes the axles should 'shock' out of the CV 'star', but the circlip wont come out of the groove, it gets compressed into the groove by a taper that is machined in the star just outside the spline dia, eg the 'star' slides over the circlip. I find it works better if you hang or hold the axle vertical in a vice or fixture while using punch/hammer to apply the shock force to the star ( a 'C' shaped piece of tube with ID slightly larger than spline welded to a piece of solid scrap bar about 2 ft long so that you get a solid blow to the bar adjacent to the axle is sometimes more effective)... [ I have also watched guys temporarily refit the hub flange and stand on that with both feet while pushing the axle/cv unit fully home, then giving the axle a quick hard yank upwards ( no comments from the cheap seats please!).]Have to agree with Jac, that`s the stuff i used first time and was far from happy. I used a paint stripper called `Dads paint stripper` and it took the fresh cured paint off like magic. Still it was all a waste of time.
Jac, I am stripping down my Subaru Impreza axels (front) and want to take the axel out of the wheel end CV, have been told that the centre star is retained by a small circlip that will just `shock off` once it is hit with a copper hammer.
Well my 2lb steel club hammer very firmly applied to a solid brass drift with the axel firmly held in a vice has no effect, any suggestions thanks.