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Old 4th September 2014, 09:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Driver side front driveshaft won't clip into diff?

So I tried putting oil in my front diff tonight and it leaked out past the driver's driveshaft. I can't seem to get it to clip back into the gearbox (I've recently had the engine out). Last time I removed the engine the driveshaft came out easily with the screwdriver in the diff method, this time however it really wouldnt budge when I removed it. I fear I may have broken the little ring that sits on the driveshaft. Is this a likely failure and can you buy replacements??
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yes clips can be replaced
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Old 5th September 2014, 11:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok I understand that the clip will normally stay in the diff when the driveshaft is removed. If I have broken that clip, in the diff, is it going to jam up the diff? Will I have to pull the diff out to check this? Can you pull the diff out with the engine in situ?

I can have a replacement clip today, can it be popped onto the driveshaft, or will I have to open the diff cover (can that be done with engine in situ?) and place the circlip in that way?
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Drivers side shaft is a different set up to pass side , ie it doesn't 'pop' out the same as pass side .
Get it up in the air and inspect it .

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Hi Lee,

I've had the driver's side driveshaft out several times, my question is more based around why it won't get back in and how to replace the circlip if it's damaged.
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The answer to my original question is that there was in fact a clip installed on the driveshaft and a clip sat in the diff! My mate must have taken a new one from the boot refurb kit and fitted it to the shaft without knowing.
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