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c-clip install

Ok guys, I got a problem; if you have time could you please give me a hand.
I have a 67 GTO and so I thought all I had to do was pull the axles right out to replace my wheel bearings and seals.
That is until I discovered someone switched the rear end to a 12 bolt which means I have a later year dif.

So I go through the right steps. First take out the rod so you can push the axles in far enough to expose the clips and bravo - there they are. I pulled them right out easily. So then I replaced my wheel bearings and seals which is all I wanted to do.

Now comes the problem. I thought all you had to do was reverse the procedure of getting the c clips out and put them back in. Well that doesn't work for me and unless I'm in the twilight zone or I'm just plain stupid, I am not getting this.

If you put the rod in first, you cannot push the axles in far enough to get the c clips in. So then I take the rod out.

You can easily put the c clips on the axles with the rod out, but then you cannot get the rod in because the axles are in the way and will not let them go doen far enough to get the c clips on.

What am I doing wrong. Please help.

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Old 05-12-2015, 03:47 PM
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Once the clip is installed push the axles outward.
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Originally Posted by stuarta View Post
Once the clip is installed push the axles outward.
Right on, or reach over and pull out on the axle's wheel bolt flange to seat the c-clip in the groove it rides in.
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There is a recess in the axle gear that the c clip goes into when you push the axle back in place. Be sure that you have the c clip on the axle correctly and the axle should go right back where it belongs.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:53 PM
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Everyone is giving you the right advice. The C clip can be pushed in so far on the axle groove that it will not let the itself go into the recess. Sometimes you have to move the C clip in or out a little to get it back into the recess so the axle will go outward enough to get the cross shaft back in.
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