Ever take apart a GM IFS axle?
I spent hours yesterday trying to figure out how to remove the carrier from the axle. I had removed both cv shafts, split the case open, but was unable to remove the carrier.
I beat on it with a hammer, pried with a crow bar, turned it, jiggled it, turned it, and tried several other combinations without any success.
Just days before we did the rear IFS axle on the same truck and had no problems, the carrier pretty much fell right out. The rear is a 98, front is a 90.
I thought there may be a pin inside keeping the carrier from beign removed, or C-clips somehow attached to the axle shaft(s) After struggling for a LONG time i finally called my brother in law who is a mechanic by trade. He gave me the secret. I went back outside and within 2 minutes had the carrier on the ground and started welding the spiders.
looks kind of like this.....only sideways. I didnt take any photos of my setup. (below is actually a camaro or something....rear axle )