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Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am a professional here at Justanswer. Thank you for your question and I will assist you with your concern.Providing they sold you the correct part then you may very likely be right and the axle is just compressed. That being said you should be able to mount it in the trans axle and pull it to length to the nut will start in it with the hub in place. I would contact the parts supplier and have them double check the part number just o be on the safe side.