Don't plan on re-using that shaft now. You were supposed to use a large prybar to "pop" it loose from the transmission and not just pull on the shaft.
October, 26, 2012 AT 1:45 PM
A slide hammer with the correct extension might be required under certain circumstances. If you wish to reuse the half-shaft, you would need to have it inspected for damage and serviced with boot replacement and lubricants.