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I have a 1998 1500 4wheel drive and i was changing the right hub and the axel slid out and now i cant get it back in. I have changed the driver side and i did not has a problem it just slid right in. thanks John

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  • napaphilbert Aug 29, 2010

    the axel doesn,t go in to the diferential

  • napaphilbert Aug 29, 2010

    yes

  • napaphilbert Aug 30, 2010

    I still cant get the axle to go in all the way. the axle is not suppsed to go all the way to the diff. It is short and only goes half way.There is some sort of silonoid or something on the front end housing does this have something to do with my problem.

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The axle should have a round snap ring attached to the end that ...if so a very hard push is needed to install it back in. If none is there align the splines in the correct position to install
They have two designed axles

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Hi,

Are you talking about the axle shaft that goes into the transfer case?

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    Jason Maurirere Aug 29, 2010

    Ok,

    What you need to do is ensure that the teeth on the axle are lining up with the teeth on the driving gear in the transfer case, there is also a needle bearing which you will need to force the axle past but it shouldn't take that much to do this.

    Get a broom handle or a long thin stick and poke it into the housing to see how far it will go and then match it up with the axle, if the distance the stick can go is alot further then what the axle will go then all your having is alignment of the gear teeth problems.

    Let me know if you need more information.
    Note: Be careful not to damage the axle seals as they will leak if you damage the lip of the seals.

    Thanks

    Jason

  • Jason Maurirere
    Jason Maurirere Aug 30, 2010

    No the solenoid has nothing to do with it.

    You need to get a torch an look up inside the axle housing tube, and see if the spider gear has dropped down, if it has then you have got a broken tab in the diff. head and you will need to remove this and replace the lock tab, this is the only thing that can drop down the the diff. to stop the axle from going all the way in.


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The ring gear in the differential has slide out of place. You are going to have to take the cover off the differential to align it again. Be advised that the lube in there smells really bad. While you are in there. Clean it and check for excess wear and tear.

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