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1997 Ford F150 rear axle assemly #S869B How do you remove

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1997 Ford F150 rear axle assemly #S869B
How do you remove the preload spring clip to access "C" clip attached to axle ends?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 7 years ago.

Hello, I'm Chris.
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Remove the locking pin holding the pinion shaft in. Now you should be able to push each axle shaft in enough to get the C clips off. If not then use a hammer and push the S spring through. Then rotate the differential 180 degrees and pull the spring out with pliers and a screwdriver wedged in to get it above the ring gear. I am almost 100% sure the axle shafts have to be removed prior to the limited slip S spring removal.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.



Thank you for your response. However while waiting to hear from you I figured out what was necessary to do and got the whole assembly out yesterday. Once the preload spring was removed everything happened easily.

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 7 years ago.
Glad its resolved