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1. Since welding is involved on the axle housing, not to mention it is bolted to the leaf springs we’ll also be replacing, we figured it was best to pull the axle apart in the car so it wasn’t such a back breaker. First to come out are the axles. Remove the four retaining nuts for each axle and slide them out. If they’ve been installed for a while, a slide-hammer and/or pry bar will be your friend here.