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My name is ***** ***** I am a Volvo dealership technician. I am going to try to help with your question today. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if you've already removed the nut. The proper way to do that job is to first measure the depth from the flat part of the angle gear case to the low part of the nut. Then when re-assembling, set it to the same depth. There is no specification because they are all set individually at the factory.
However, I have rebuilt many of those units and I have never been able to tighten it past the original depth with any ease. When going back together, when it is hard to turn anymore by hand, I usually have to use a ratchet with the special tool and tighten it pretty tight before it reaches the original depth. If you do it the same way, you should have no problems.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
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What are you using to tighten the nut? Are you using the special tool? If not, then you are correct... Hand right is not right enough. What I mentioned was hand tight and then using the special tool to fully tighten it.
If the axle is fully seated, then it is in correctly.
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