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No axle snap ring, no problem??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by XHitman396, Aug 5, 2006.

  1. XHitman396

    XHitman396 1/2 ton status

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    so i took one of the front spindles off the '87 k5 and had to remove a snap ring from the axle. i swapped out the spindle with another one in better shape and now the snap ring wont go on; there is no part of the axle showing that a snap ring could go on. another member told me that this piece (the snap ring) may or may not be on there in the first place, so is it okay to leave it off?? Will the big retaining ring around the edge hold everything sufficiently?? thanks.
     
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    This is the snap ring that's about an inch in diameter and goes on the axleshaft? Are you sure your spindle is in the knuckle all the way? (most likely it is). Have to tried to slide the axleshaft out? Grab on the axle joint area and see if you can slide the axle shaft outward enough to get the snap ring on.
     
  3. 4X4HIGH

    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    If you don't install that snap ring then water and dirt can get into the spindle from the backside and make things really bad, also the axle joint can bind and break a stub or even the long shaft.
     
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    XHitman396 1/2 ton status

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    yeah it's the little snap ring on the axle shaft itself. Ill go try and push the thing out some more..
     
  5. Hossbaby50

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    I only run the large wire ring that holds the hub body in place. I have been doing it that way for years without problems or axle failures. I have made water crossings deep enough for water to come in my doors and water didn't get in and do damage. I also use boat trailer wheelbearing grease librially in my spindles and wheelbearings though.

    Harley
     
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    fixed it. i just pushed on the joint from the back and it slid right out.. took all of 2 minutes. thanks for the help. Using trailer wheel bearing grease is a good idea, i will do the same next time. thanks for your help guys..
     
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    Be careful with the bearing grease, if you drive highway. Whatever grease you use, be sure its good for wheels with brakes. If its not hi-temp, you may end-up with grease on your brakes.:eek1:
     
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    "also the axle joint can bind and break a stub or even the long shaft"

    where were you 3 years ago when I learned that lesson.. lol
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Right here where i am now. LOL
     

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