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« on: October 14, 2011, 02:42:14 PM »

New here. Bought an 02 rendezvous CXL AWD. 12 days after having it the tranny went out. I dropped the pan and there was a large amount of metal shavings/gunk. I've started swapping the trans. I bought an fsm and have got to propeller shaft off. Unbolted it and the fsm says "push the propeller shaft towards the rear of the vehicle. Remove the propellor shaft." I got the bolts out on both ends and pulled, twisted, tugged, pulled some more, grabbed the frame at the front and stood on, pb blasted, and torched the shaft to no avail. Any help would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2016, 08:44:20 AM »

I know this is a really really old thread, but wanted to post since I ran into this yesterday myself and couldn't find the answer anywhere.  At least by posting this, it will show up when someone else searches for it, I hope.

Once the bolts and torque equalizing crescent washers are removed from both ends of the front shaft, you just need to hit it with WD-40 or PB Blaster on both ends and let it sit.  After a few hours (or more if it still isn't moving), you can get a wood block and a 3lb sledge and just keep on tapping on it from the front end and slowly it will start to slide back toward the rear of the car and out of the 'socket' of sorts where it attaches to the transmission in the front of the car.  It doesn't need to move much.  If i recall it moved less than an inch before it came right off.

It took me a few hours of letting it sit with WD-40 on it before it would move.  When loosening it up, tap on one side and then the other to keep it moving equally and it will come out.  You may need to do the same on the back end, but since there isn't anything to really rest a block on, I tapped laterally on the joint where the tube mates with the rear carrier and it finally just popped loose.

Hopefully this will help someone else in the future.

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