I'm attempting to change a CV boot on my 1988 Accord. To do this I must remove the axle.

I've remove the wheel, hub and suspension and so have the outer-side of the axle exposed.

But how do I remove the inner side of the axle (the part that connects to the transmission)? I can't find any info on this. Can I just pull it out?

  • Just a note, but if you're removing the axle to change the boot, it's often a lot easier (and not much more expensive) to just replace the axle.
    – PeteCon
    Oct 28, 2019 at 14:08
  • @PeteCon yeah I've heard that. Unfortunately, these were not a too common car here in Australia so I can't find any that aren't over $100 in shipping alone. Luckily they still stock the boots here.
    – MeltingDog
    Oct 28, 2019 at 22:21

1 Answer 1


If you look to the very right in this image:

From Rockauto.com

You'll see a snap ring. This holds the end of the axle in the transmission. To get it out, you need to wedge something like a long flat tip screwdriver or pry bar in between the transmission case and axle, and pop it free. It will take a little bit of finagling, but it will pop out. Don't pull on the axle shaft itself, as you risk pulling the CV joint apart.

  • Awesome, thanks @Paulster2. I imagine to reinstall you'd just push it back in until it clicks?
    – MeltingDog
    Oct 27, 2019 at 22:59
  • @MeltingDog - Yes. It can be a little tricky sometimes. Don't be afraid to use a little force (ie: pressure ... don't hammer on it with anything ... wouldn't be good). Oct 27, 2019 at 23:04

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