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I bought a very well abused 2002 350 ES 4x4. It needs about everything replaced. But specifically today I need help on...

1) One of the front axles/cv joints is totally junk. I watched videos and read up on removal but my axle shaft will not come out of the differential with some hard pulling like the guys in the videos. I feel like the next step is a pry bar but I don't want to do that without making sure there is not some kind of clip or something holding it in on a 2002 350?

2) There is nothing that I can see to turn the 4x4 on and off - the best I can tell it is full-time 4x4. I got it stuck in some snow in the yard and the front diff is definitely not doing anything in snow. So while I have it jacked up I tested its operation. If I gently rotate the front tire an inch forward or back until it "catches" in the transmission, I can see the front shaft from the engine to the front diff gently turning back and forth as I rotate the tire back and forth an inch or so. But as soon as I turn it beyond that point, the shaft from the engine to the front diff no longer moves, as if there is a clutch in the front diff allowing it to free-wheel. Does this mean that the front diff has a problem? I have the transmission in Neutral if that matters.

Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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i'm about to replace my front axles too. did you ever find out if there were clips holding them in or did you just pry it?
 

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One way to get the cv shaft is a slide hammer if you have one , you put the hub back on the shaft end , then put a hum puller over the studs and slide hammer it off -------another method id the ******** slide hammer , tie a rope around the shaft close to the diff as possible , tie a big hand mall to the rope so you can swing the hammer away from the diff with about 12 inches of slack in the rope
 

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i'm about to replace my front axles too. did you ever find out if there were clips holding them in or did you just pry it?
they do have c-clips on the inside ends, all it takes is a good yank or two for most part ?, but not always..lol. some require a few cuss words during the yanking..lmfao.
 

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If you can't get one side out, you can try pulling out the other side, then you can use a long bolt or punch through the inside of the diff to drive out the stuck one.
 
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