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Right front axle half-shaft removal

I've been the mostly happy owner of a 2007 Rav4 Sport (V6, 4wd) putting on almost 95,000 miles. Happy until recently. Torque converter was just replaced, both front wheel bearings and now I'm working on the front half shafts. I'm looking for tips on how to remove the passenger side shaft from the bearing carrier. I've pried on it, yanked, begged it, tried to knock it out with a hammer... Right now it's soaking in penetrating oil. I've search and seem to have come up short. Any help provided is definitely appreciated.
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Have you downloaded the service manual yet? I'm looking at the chapter called "Front Drive Shaft Assembly (For 4WD)" and it has an exploded view. Looks like there are snap rings to remove:

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Have you downloaded the service manual yet? I'm looking at the chapter called "Front Drive Shaft Assembly (For 4WD)" and it has an exploded view. Looks like there are snap rings to remove.
Thanks for the links. The repair manual is so much better than the Haynes book. I'm still stuck at the same spot though. I removed the snap ring but the carrier bearing won't budge. I tried a slide hammer but there isn't anything to grab.
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There was a diagram showing a Toyota SST (special service tool) that looks like a puller with a narrow arm engaged in a notch.

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DH3069, did you ever get the axle out? I'm in the same situation, can't get the bearing to budge. Contemplating trying to remove the bearing housing with the axle.
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DH3069, did you ever get the axle out? I'm in the same situation, can't get the bearing to budge. Contemplating trying to remove the bearing housing with the axle.
I ended up taking it to a shop. I tried to get the carrier bearing housing off but couldn't get it to budge. The guys at the shop wouldn't say what it took to get it out but I imagine it involved a lot of swearing. Good luck.
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I was able to get the bearing housing loose, getting ready to try a porta power between the transfer case & bearing housing. I'll let you know how it turns out!
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Just use a good three prong puller, you could hit it till the cows come home... It ain't moving. Could use puller for rotor as well. Not like your typical American made axel that practically falls out after nut off. Don't feel bad I beat my first bearing up also, then laughed at how easy it was after doing a little research. Never Quit! Where there is a will there is a way.
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Since I plan on getting rid of this "lemon" I bought a used axle, couldn't justify giving Toyota $520 for a new one. The used came with the bearing bracket still attached. I pressed out the old bearing, installed a new and torched the bracket off the engine, and replaced it with the used after a thorough cleaning. Old axle came right out!
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