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Colin, I think your car must be cursed, because you always seem to struggle with things that are normally pretty trivial. I've pulled my right front CV axle at least a couple times, and have no recollection of the process (meaning it just came out without a fight).
 

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Yes, you can tap out the right axle and pry out the left axle. Just get a long, stout bar of some sort on the cup where it exits the tranny, and give it a good whack, and voila! It'll pop right out.

If you have a lot of trouble getting it back in, it's usually because the C-ring that locks it in place is out of spec (I've re-used the original C-ring on replacement axles to get them to go in).
 

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I'm really not sure what I'm looking at under the (remains of...) the axle. It looks like a torn double-wall shield of some sort. It's been years since I've been under an MDX (sold mine long ago) but I know that it wasn't difficult to tap out that right axle, or at least to get a rod up there to do so. Pulling on the axle is the wrong way to do it (as evidenced by the photo and previous comments). ;-)

Here's a snippet from the manual showing the process - if there's something in the way, it either shouldn't be there, or should be removeable...

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I was referring to the torn-looking thing under the remains of the axle (tulip - learn something new every day!). ;-)

Here's specifically what I was talking about...
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Whatever that is is torn and scraped dramatically, and I honestly don't recall anything like that being in the area when I did my axles. I remember being able to just wedge some sort of bar (I think I used a medium-size pry-bar, with the little bend at the end giving me a better path / purchase). Don't recall if that was "bend up" or "bend down" though.
 

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Congrats on getting that axle out.

Some new axles (particularly the cheap Chinese no-name axles) will have a sloppy fit on the C-clip that holds the axle in place inside the differential. If you have a lot of trouble sliding in the new axle, you might try (carefully) removing the C-clip and installing the original C-clip. You might have to bend it a bit to get it "in shape" but it worked for me.

Also, I had good luck with some Cardone rebuilt axles on other vehicles (don't recall if I used one on my MDX or not). The new axles tend to be built to MUCH lower standards than the original Honda axles, and are prone to either not working well out of the box, or to wearing out in an amazingly short amount of time.
 

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I don't see the need for an alignment for just swapping an axle (most other things in the front suspension - yes).

Good luck with that GSP axle. When a new axle costs about 1/3 the price of a rebuilt OEM axle, you know it's built to "interesting specs".

FWIW, it took about 5 hours each side just to get the axles out of the hubs in my BMW, because it had spent a few winters up north (and the splines were corroded solid). Consider yourself lucky! ;-)
 
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