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Unread 02-20-2013, 07:58 PM   #1
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Snap rings... Suck!

I need some help, I went to repack the bearings on my narrow track front Dana 30, and almost finished up and I can't (for the life of me) get the outer snap ring back on... I'm am positive I put everything back as tight as it was when I pulled it off but still can't get this dang thing on! Any ideas? Am I doing something wrong???

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Unread 02-20-2013, 08:05 PM   #2
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Pics? Does it fit in the groove?
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Unread 02-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #3
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Sometimes to get the groove you need to push on the axle from behind to pop it out enough to get the groove easy. Mine moved 1/16 or so that was enough
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Unread 02-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #4
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Sometimes to get the groove you need to push on the axle from behind to pop it out enough to get the groove easy. Mine moved 1/16 or so that was enough
X2...if you can push on the axle from behind the knuckle you can gain a little to get that snap ring on.

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Unread 02-21-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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I tried pushing from the back side, he'll I even tried prying with a pry bar. Can't get it to move at all. All I need is about a 1/16" more and I can get it.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 07:50 AM   #6
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Put a bolt in the threaded end of the axle. Pull to expose the snap ring groove.

Leaving the ring off won't hurt anything. Back at the Jeep dealer, maybe half of the Jeeps were missing those snap rings.
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Unread 02-21-2013, 08:01 AM   #7
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Look here and see if there is anything you missed.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/da...l#post12662305

The rubber dust seal on the axle will compress against the spindle a bit to get that 1/16".

EDIT: Also, check to see you didn't pack too much grease in there...

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Unread 02-21-2013, 10:26 AM   #8
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Are we talking about the snap ring that goes on the axleshaft or the one on the wheelbearing hub?
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Unread 02-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #9
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CSP,

Where does the snap ring go on the wheelbearing hub (spindle)? I don't recall having to use one there on my D30. The only snap ring I had was on my axle after I installed my locking hubs.

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Unread 02-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #10
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Doh! Sorry I have D44 and D60 on the brain both of which use another snap ring to retain the internals of the lockout.

Just tore a D60 apart last weekend.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:09 AM   #11
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Still can't get this dang snap ring on... Is it possible I didn't tighten the nuts enough to pull the axle shaft out farther? I'm going nuts... I'm about to take it to a shop and tell them to do it
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Unread 07-18-2013, 03:10 PM   #12
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First, what exactly did you replace and what did you do.
Second, take a picture of the empty hub, hub installed, locking hub, and the locking hub installed and post them.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 08:49 PM   #13
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Reach into the knuckle and pull the whole axle from the ujoint towards you. I had the same issue, they should have plenty of play in then. You may have to use a screwdriver or small pry bar.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:27 PM   #14
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Double check that the inner wheel bearing race is fully seated.
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Unread 07-18-2013, 09:49 PM   #15
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X2 on the last two posts by jc and jeepwhore. If everything else is in place the screwdriver behind the knuckle and u-joint to give a little extra pull from the pumpkin works perfectly...

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