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If the axle shaft will go in with out the clip on it then there is nothing broken jammed in its way. It takes a great deal of effort to get those clips to compress to allow removal and installation of axle shaft. Normally once the splines are aligned to take a high swift push to seat the axle shaft. If you feel there is something stuck in there, you will need to remove the other axle shaft and the differential.
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