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2 The first step is to remove the axles. To do that, the pinion shaft has to be removed, accomplished by removing the retaining bolt securing the shaft in the differential. Once removed, the shaft can be tapped out gently with a hammer and drift. Then the C-clips can be removed by pushing in on the axles, taking the load off the clips. A magnet tool will pull them right out, then the axles can be removed from the rear.