2005 Prophet 2000 with Carbon Left Max needs a tune up. Two specific questions:

Lefty hub has 1-2mm of play/slop. Axle bolt was tight. Can this be repaired? Would it need new bearing(s)?

Second, anyone experienced any problems removing the "steer tube" so the Lefty can be removed from the bike? I removed the stem, loosened the Lefty bolts and tapped the steer tube down. But it gets stuck about 1/2 way down the head tube. I have given it a few pretty hard raps but nothing. Is this normal? Do I have to hammer the hell out of it to remove it? Seems odd, but I havent done this before.

thx for any info