They are not a precison fit it there (a bit sloppy) and when the axle
and clip is out, the only thing kinda holding them there (especailly a
open diff) is the the spider gears and add a little wear and extra
slop and they can get out of alignment with axle shaft when you try to
slide it back in.
Yes, Shep....but even on an open diff, I can't see the original
poster not being able to figure out that a side gear has popped
out far enough so that he can't get the axle back in. I mean, the
spider gears would have to fall right out before the side gears
would come out of the diff housing. As far as Snoman thinking
that there would be enough play "within" the housing so that the
side gear could cock enough to keep the axle from being
installed...this is nothing more then typical bullshit from him.
I mean....Snoman is the guy that believes you "should" retorque
"torque to yield" head bolts....."just to be sure".
Ian, none of us, as usual, really ever know how some people get themselves
in these binds.
We both know thewe are people with no backround or ability tackling jobs
that they spend more time on news groups asking questions about, than they
do trying to fix the problem. I assumed a simple answer for what sounded
like a simple problem, who knows from our desks?
the axle shaft is splined and so is the side gear did you try turning it
some as you push in on the axle I am a ASE Master tech and no the side
gear if it had enough slop to slide down so the axle could not be
installed it would have to be falling apart
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