Passenger axle bracket is stuck

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    Hey guys, I'm in the process of changing my clutch and cannot remove the passenger axle due to the bracket being stuck onto the engine. I removed the 5-6 bolt that attaches it to the block but it seems it's stuck or something. I've tried hitting it with a dead blow hammer and moving it back and forth but am getting no luck. Is there something else I'm missing? A hidden bolt or something?
     
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    Are you talking about the stub axle? Here it is, the bracket to motor pillow block is holding the stub into transmission. No circlip just two different bearing surfaces and oil seal. You cannot get access through transmission the center diff pinion carrier shaft is in the middle of the axle axis. That's that picture of tranny interior. No force should be needed. So I hope you don't have a twisted splines... Holy crap that would be.
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    The bracket in the second picture you gave is the one I'm referring to. All bolts have been removed yet it will not come down. Or is it supposed to be pulled out and not just fall down?
     
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    The bolts holding the mount (pillow block) when removed should allow it to separate from block. There is only bolts holding it on to block... Your question on fall down? No the stub shaft is held firmly by the two bearing race surfaces (fingers pointing) so once 3 bolts are out of the bracket... Just pull it out of transmission just as the picture showing me holding the whole thing.
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    Ok that makes sense. So the bracket won't come out vertically. It has to come out horizontally with the shaft when pulling it out of the transmission. Thank you I'll try that tomorrow.
     
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    @Cfoldone, thanks for the detailed assistance, bro!!
     
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    I'm still running into difficulties when removing this axle. I should only have to remove the bolts and it should slide out however it's running into this solenoid looking piece of metal behind the pullys which is preventing it from sliding out completely. I don't see any bolts around it to remove it and the video I watched said nothing about removing anything extra. I know I'm probably doing something wrong but can't pinpoint it lol.

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    OK...I have a gen 1 (2007) and don't have one. Looks like you have been pulling on the wire cable coming out of that device too... Force isn't good on electrical stuff. PXL_20210307_012523683.jpg PXL_20211011_033129340.jpg PXL_20211011_033141463.jpg PXL_20211011_033135639.jpg
    Manual said remove wheels, you understand that means the axles have to come out of the front wheel bearings, first thing? If so then your picture showing the outer half axle (which is inside wheel bearing) is still attached to the mid shaft...So if axle is out of wheel bearing it is removed first before you loosen the pillow block (middle support) mount. Then you remove the middle shaft straight out of the transmission...You currently show both still in one piece. See my pictures shows no widget on block near mid support, and even if I did you would still have to remove outer axle, then middle support, then pull out of transmission.
     
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    Post some pictures of what you are doing
     
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    I was able to get the whole axle out finally. Had to remove a heat shield in order to rotate the bracket to clear the solenoid. Thanks again for all the help!
     
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