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Inside front axle drivers side differential housing, I

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Inside front axle drivers side differential housing, I cannot remove the keeper that should be on the stub shaft. It feels like it is in the housing stuck in a groove. If I take the new keeper off the stub shaft, the stub shaft slides right in. But with the new c clip on the shaft, it will not. I assume what I feel in the housing is the old keeper(or c clip). Any way to remove it?
JA: What is the model/year of your Chevy?
Customer: 2005 Yukon
JA: Are you fixing your Yukon yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: yes. In trying to remove the keeper, we have tried a magnet, thinking the keeper may have broken in removal of the stub shaft. then in feeling around in the shaft could feel the edge of the keeper in a space between the splines but not where it would be if it were on the shaft where it should have been. The shaft came out much harder than it should have.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: The axle appeared to be somewhat pushed out before we started to remove anything. I am thinking the last person to remove it did NOT get the keeper in right and it has been messed up in this groove or space for quite some time.
JA: Will the headlights turn on? Is the battery fully charged?
Customer: yes?

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose), my normal schedule online is around lunch and after dinner till early morning.

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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