When I was ready to replace the bearings, I thought I would bite the bullet and pay someone to pull the axles. After watching them beat on my car for an hour, I couldn’t take it any longer and told them to stop. I borrowed tools from Advance Auto Parts and after some serious effort they finally came out. If you have someone you can trust to do the work, it may be worth the expense. I definitely would not expect them to come out easily by hand.