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Old 10-13-2012, 02:31 PM
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Default Axle shaft wont seat properly

I am having some trouble putting my front driver side axle shaft back in. I took out and replaced the passenger side with no trouble but the driver side shaft wont go back into the axle fully it stops about 3 inches short of where it should sit. My only guess is that 4wd was engaged and something (if you look directly into the axle you can see a small piece of metal about 1/2 in diameter)(PICTURE) in the diff is pushing out and preventing me from getting the splines to even get back in to where they should be. The pic is of how far i can get the axle shaft in.

unless anyone knows how to remedy the situation im going to break open the diff cover and take out the carrier to see what is going on but hopefully someone already knows what is going on and can save me the trouble

I have looked all over the forum for this problem and have had no luck finding anything sorry if this is a repost

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