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Front passenger side differential stub shaft will not come out of 2003 dodge ram

Stub shaft will not come out even with the tool. I think we are going to have to use a 4 foot bar and remove the drivers side shaft insert the bar to the inside end of the passenger side shaft and drive it out from the drivers side.

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  • John Edwards Aug 18, 2013

    Here is the solution as this is what turned out to be the problem --The retainer clip that goes on each end of the splined shaft actually broke and would not "spring' the 2 halves simply sat in the grooves and would not retract as it was broken. What it required was taking the differential cover off to access the splined socket inside the differential the shaft had to be pushed into the differential socket a little further and the broken retainer clip had to be removed from the inside of the differential. Then the shaft came right out no problem. SO "IF" the shaft does not come out relatively easily then MOST LIKELY the retainer clip on the end of the shaft is broken and not retracting and just lying in the groove and must be removed from inside the differential.

  • John Edwards Aug 18, 2013

    Here is the solution as this is what turned out to be the problem --The retainer clip that goes on each end of the splined shaft actually broke and would not "spring' the 2 halves simply sat in the grooves and would not retract as it was broken. What it required was taking the differential cover off to access the splined socket inside the differential the shaft had to be pushed into the differential socket a little further and the broken retainer clip had to be removed from the inside of the differential. Then the shaft came right out no problem. SO "IF" the shaft does not come out relatively easily then MOST LIKELY the retainer clip on the end of the shaft is broken and not retracting and just lying in the groove and must be removed from inside the differential.

  • John Edwards Aug 18, 2013

    Here is the solution as this is what turned out to be the problem --The retainer clip that goes on each end of the splined shaft actually broke and would not "spring' the 2 halves simply sat in the grooves and would not retract as it was broken. What it required was taking the differential cover off to access the splined socket inside the differential the shaft had to be pushed into the differential socket a little further and the broken retainer clip had to be removed from the inside of the differential. Then the shaft came right out no problem. SO "IF" the shaft does not come out relatively easily then MOST LIKELY the retainer clip on the end of the shaft is broken and not retracting and just lying in the groove and must be removed from inside the differential.

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