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This is a discussion on Axle C clips within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I've been working on this dang axle for 3 hours now and could really use some help. I cant get ...

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    Axle C clips

    I've been working on this dang axle for 3 hours now and could really use some help. I cant get the c clip out. there seems to be just 1/16th of an inch that is stopping me. Am i missing something? i have the abs sensor out and everything else, but this axle just wont go in far enough for the c clip to come out. i am searched and searched with no answer. Please help!

    btw, the BFH isnt helping either.

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    Try using a magnet or are you using needle nose? Only had a c-clip give me grief like that once and all it took was another person to gingerly wave a magnet in there and pull the bastard out. I don't know how a bfh would help you in this situation, but a set of hands to push on the axle while the other pulls the clip out can do the trick.

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    i've been trying with a magnet and i had my dad stop by to try to push the axle in while i tried to pull the clip with a magnet and that didnt work.

    the bfh was my method of trying to get the axle in far enough to have the c clip fall out

    ahhhhhhhhhh- thats me screaming with frustration.

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    Well if you can spin it so it is facing up you can put two screw drivers on the c and tap it out that way, this has also led me to lose the clip in the bowls of the pinion so if you can rotate the rear freely try it, otherwise think about how you will get it out if it falls deeper in there.

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    If you have 4 channel ABS with the sensors on the ends of the axles, remove the sensors and you will get the last bit of clearance you need to get the C clips.

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    already have the sensor out and still dont have enough clearance

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    this sh_t is starting to piss me off...just went and got a stronger magnet, but there just isnt enough space for this thing to come out. im lost.

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    Not sure what is going on. Mine just about fell out when I pushed the axle in. Did the axle slide in at all after you removed the sensor?

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    yeah a little...just not enough

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    I'm with Jeff on this one, never had a problem. Not sure why your axle won't go in enough. Try pulling it out and then pushing it back in if you haven't already. I didn't even have to remove the sensor on mine. Maybe post some pics if you can't get it and we'll se if we can't spot something.

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    the c clip looks a little dinged up and i dont know if that has anything to do with it. I know i have a bad outer bearing so maybe that i preventing me from pushing the axle in? its so freaking close

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    Are you just removing one side, or both? If both, have you tried the other one yet?

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    You could try and take the carrier spacer out and see if the carrier will shift enough to remove the clip. It does look really close. Could be a combo of the clip being dinged and the bearing.

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    I can't tell from the pic -- there was a c-clip spacer that was bolted in there, right?

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    If it's a tru trac - it look like one - it has a spacer but it doesn't bolt in. Looks like it's not there in the pics.

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    It's definitely different than mine:





    I have a recessed area machined in the carrier where the c-clip spacer bolt is located. I'm not all that familiar with the different styles though.

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    just pulled the drivvers side out in 3 minutes...now that the drivvers side is out, i am going to try the passenger side again. I have no clue what the diff is or where there would be a spacer....ill be back and let you know how it goes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    It's definitely different than mine:


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    I have a recessed area machined in the carrier where the c-clip spacer bolt is located. I'm not all that familiar with the different styles though.
    im pretty sure it is the same as yours, we are just looking at the opposite opening, i have rotated the diff a feew times and took the pics from the opposite side that the removable spacer comes out from

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    Must be a different model than mine. Mine has a plate that covers the spacer held in by a c-ring. Interesting....

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