Thanks for the feedback. I see you were replacing the oil seal in the differential which obviously necessitates removal of the shaft. My seals were good but the CV Joint Boots were completely split on both the outer joints.
Most of the information I could find pointed to the need to prise the right hand side (RHS) shaft out of the diff. Doing this is almost guaranteed to break the final circlip at the end of the shaft which is inside the diff.
I didnít want to do that because it would have been very difficult to find an equivalent spare part here in Mozambique.
Instead, I took an alternative approach to changing the CV Boots and one which I suspect will be much easier for anyone wishing to tackle the CV Boots without disturbing the seals into the diff. It may be that this is obvious to lots of you but it certainly wasnít clear from my reading of the various threads on this website.
I dismantled the RHS inner CV joint in situ by pulling the rubber boot back, removing the wire spring from beneath the outer lip of the joint body and simply sliding out the guts of the joint which are fixed to the end of the shaft, leaving the joint body or casing where it is, fixed to the diff.
It is messy and a bit of patience is required but you donít break anything and you donít risk any damage to the oil seal going into the diff and that is clearly a weak point on a lot of cars!
Reassembly is just the reversal of dismantling and you should make sure that the wire spring clip is properly seated under the lip of the inner CV Joint casing, but there is nothing particularly difficult to do. The worst part of the whole process is separating the lower ball-joint which you only have to do on the RHS. I found that I didnít even need to separate the ball-joint on the track-rod end although doing so would probably give you more play when removing and re-installing the shaft.
Despite what Fordem said above, my analysis of the outer joint is that it doesnít come apart. I just cleaned it as best I could, re-greased it and put on the new boots (which you do have to slide along the shaft from the inner joint once it is dismantled). The official manual indicates that the outer CV Joint cannot be repaired and must be replaced if it is defective, which also leads me to assume that you cannot dismantle the outer CV Joints.
It still isnít clear to me how you get the circlip back into position inside the diff if you do pull it out?! So I would be interested to hear how you put the RHS shaft back into the diff? I suspect the designer didnít intend people to force the shaft out but Iím not sure how he anticipated that you would change the oil seals!
Anyway, I didnít need to and hopefully they will last for some time to come. The half-shafts felt just like reconditioned units once I had cleaned them up and put new boots on so I am happy for now!