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Old 23 Jun 2017, 12:06 pm
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The left, front wheel bearing is going in my 2003, base model PT. The car has in excess of 183K miles on it.

I have been thinking that, if I have to take it far enough apart to change the wheel bearing, I may as well change out the half-axles and wheel bearings on both sides.

I have been watching videos and reading the Haynes manual.

Is it correct that, once the axle if free of the wheel hub, it just unsnaps from the differential/transmission housing?

The last heave work I did on an automobile as about 16 years ago on a 1940 Ford, so I am really in foreign territory here.

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Old 23 Jun 2017, 12:27 pm
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Is it correct that, once the axle if free of the wheel hub, it just unsnaps from the differential/transmission housing?
Yes, they just pop out. The hard part is getting a "pry point" on the drivers side axle. You have to put pretty good pressure on them to get them to "pop" out. The have a compression style clip on the inside end of the axle.
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You will want to change both wheel bearings. It's not always feasible, but it is best to change them out in pairs.

It's not necessarily required that you change the CV shafts at the same time. However due to the high mileage on your PT, it's a great idea since you will already be doing the hard part during the bearing change out.

And yes, the shafts just pop out once the hub is out of the way (as Turboducky said while I was still writing). I often use a pry bar and put a light pry between the the inner CV joint and the differential bearing plate. Then while holding a light pressure, I gently tap the inner CV joint on the side with a hammer. It usually just pops out and there's no hard prying involved that might hurt the bearing plate. Another way to do this is to get a CV shaft puller from the Loan-a-Tool program at Autozone or Advance Auto. You just put up a deposit that you get back when your return it.
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Thank you both very much!
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I use a CV axle puller attached to a slide hammer and it works far better than any amount of prying.
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