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Old 11-06-2012, 10:26 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by 325xittt View Post
There are notches on the side of the housing that the three lobed bearing ride in on the axle shaft. You can place the blade of a large screw driver or dull flat chisel on these notches and tap the axle into place. Tap tap done
I also used this method without any issues. The GKN axles had the notches. A previous brand I used (cardone?) did not.

The more difficult task I found was getting the other end of the axle into the steering knuckle. For that I used a large, square piece of wood on the knuckle and a large sledge hammer. Once I could thread on the axle nut a bit, air gun handled the rest.

Last edited by mcopenha; 11-06-2012 at 10:29 AM.
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