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I'm trying to remove the left rear axle so I can replace the outer oil/greese seal. Seems pretty straight forward, however I'm not totally sure where the ''C'' c;ip is located that I need to remove to allow the axle to pull out. I have the differential open. Must I remove the spider gears inside of the carrier in order to get the axle out? I'm told there is a ''C'' clip that keeps the axle from pulling out. Is that ''C'' clip behind the gear (between the gaer and carrier wall) on the end of the axle?

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Have someone try to move the axle in and out while you watch the end of the axle inside the spider gear carrier. The 'C' clip should be near the end and will drive off with a small punch. If there is no clip, then the axle/bearing is retained by a plate that is bolted at the end of the axle housing behind the wheel. The bearing and seal should be removed and replaced with the aid of a shop press.

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