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post #1 of 5 Old 07-05-2021, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Did I push my new axle in too far?

I'm redoing the front end on my 1998 ZJ 5.9 and I've gotten new axle shafts for it. I slid the driver side axle in nice and gently and confirmed it was engaging by spinning it by hand and seeing the pinion move as well. I took it out and put it back in and now the pinion isn't spinning with it anymore. The front drive shaft is currently disconnected from the Jeep.

The reason I took it out in the first place is because I noticed it doesn't have the out axle tube "seal", so I may have pushed it in further than it would have gone with the outer axle tube seal.

Is it possible to dislodge something in the differential by pushing in the axle shaft too far? Any ideas why the pinion isn't spinning with the axle anymore?


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post #2 of 5 Old 07-05-2021, 06:56 PM
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I am sure that it is just that the side and spider gears are rotating in the diff. carrier rather than rotating the pinion.
IMHO outer seals keep in more crap than they keep out. They should have no effect on the depth of the axle in the housing.
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Update: I vacuumed the rust out of the axle tube and tried again and it works again. I'm still curious as to what happened though.

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Did you have the other axle shaft in? Are you sure it wasnt just spinning? Its an open diff, so the pinion doesnt HAVE to spin...

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Did you have the other axle shaft in? Are you sure it wasnt just spinning? Its an open diff, so the pinion doesnt HAVE to spin...
I am sure that it is just that the side and spider gears are rotating in the diff. carrier rather than rotating the pinion.
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