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Old 01-06-2019, 08:57 PM
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DS auto non-VLSD CV axle HELP Please

I have replaced the PS CV axle without much trouble. However I cannot seem to get the DS axle all the way into the transaxle - see picture.

I have so far avoided BANGING on any part of it...I suspect that the "press fit circular clip" noted on page FA-15 is not properly fit into the side gear. BUT I don't know how I'm actually supposed to resolve that.

I would really appreciate some advice. Not going to finish tonight unfortunately...

BrianA in Houston

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Old 01-06-2019, 09:49 PM
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Try to remove the metal ring from the axle (just for the sake of the test), and see if it goes in smoothley.
I had the same thing with mine (APWI axle), and i had to hammer it in. All is well since.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:25 PM
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Clock the passenger side wheel to try and move the second set of splines into place. Use the outer CV as a slide hammer.
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Old 01-07-2019, 07:34 AM
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A little grease on the clip will help keep it centered and easier to install.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:21 AM
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It's definitely not fun fighting that clip but with a little love it should go in.

I'd try the axle without it first to make sure there isn't another issue and then have at it!
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:37 AM
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A little grease on the clip will help keep it centered and easier to install.
"what kind of grease" ?
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Old 01-07-2019, 11:37 AM
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"what kind of grease" ?
Anything slippery. Even bacon grease.
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Old 01-07-2019, 05:03 PM
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anything slippery. Even bacon grease.
lol..

Once I get everything lined up, then I thread the old nut on the end of the shaft to protect the threads, then I hold it in position and give it a tap on the end with my 10lb sledge hammer.

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Old 01-08-2019, 08:30 AM
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"what kind of grease" ?
Whatever is on hand. Usually red n tacky or general purpose lithium for me.
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Whatever is on hand. Usually red n tacky or general purpose lithium for me.
On hand I have (all Sta-lube brand) Grease:

Lithium General Purpose (white)
Extreme Pressure Moly-Graph Multi-Purpose (unopened - I think it's black)
Hi-Temp Disc Brake (unopened - red?)

Which one of these will I adulterate my trans fluid with? I realize it's maybe trivial but it's a choice...

I haven't tried to insert the axle again since my last post...
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Petroleum jelly?
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Petroleum jelly?
Indeed I have some Petroleum Jelly as well.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:51 AM
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Try to turn the axle slightly. The spline needs to line up.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:43 PM
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Petroleum Jelly FTW!

I coated the circumference of the drive shaft inside/underneath the C-clip - this keeps the C-clip centered, which was previously mentioned by someone else.

After that the previous amount of force I was applying to insert the axle turned out to be enough.

Thanks for the Help / Moral Support

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