CV install. I can't get it in.

JBINTX

Goblin Guru
did you try rotating the axle on the other side? Once the splines are lined up, it is just the snap ring holding it from snapping into place.
 

Rttoys

Well-Known Member
Walk away, refresh and try again.
Should be nothing more than grabbing it at the shaft center, and jabbing it in. Sometime holding your head in the right direction, helps. Sometimes a tongue sticking out.

All joking aside, walk away for a bit and try again.
 

Torchandregdoc

Well-Known Member
A jerking/gentle slamming motion is much better than a pressing/pushing motion.
The 6lb beater was definitely giving a jerking/slamming motion. The straps were there to collapse the boots. It was snapped in, because when we had to pull it back out, it was a pitb, just like the first time.
 

Torchandregdoc

Well-Known Member
Walk away, refresh and try again.
Should be nothing more than grabbing it at the shaft center, and jabbing it in. Sometime holding your head in the right direction, helps. Sometimes a tongue sticking out.

All joking aside, walk away for a bit and try again.
We've already tried all of these things. We've even tried the "when I nod my head, you hit it"

It was locked in, but wobbled side to side. Is that a bearing hanging out of the trans, or is that just a seal?
 

Briann1177

Goblin Guru
I've installed exactly two CV axles in my life so take this for what it's worth. I think that if they're hanging up on the retainer clip, then no amount of beating will make them slide in. I had issues too, but I found that rotating the clip and making sure it's centered in the radial direction--or is it axial?--really helped them go in easier. Once I found that right combination, they pushed in by hand with not too much effort.
 

Desert Sasqwatch

Goblin Guru
Hammers and CV joints are not a good combination. A hard push should be enough to get them to seat. You may be getting a hydraulic lock - too much grease - preventing the splines from fully engaging. Are these new or used axles?
 

Torchandregdoc

Well-Known Member
Hammers and CV joints are not a good combination. A hard push should be enough to get them to seat. You may be getting a hydraulic lock - too much grease - preventing the splines from fully engaging. Are these new or used axles?
Yeah, to late. Hammers have already been employed. Admittedly, when you don't have any core muscles, it takes some of your swing away. These are the same CV's that came out. There is a chance they are off, side to side. They were a serious booger to get out 2 prybars on opposite sides.

I'm suspecting the probelm is with the bearing, or seal, or whatever that is hanging out the side of the transmission.
 

Ark :D

Goblin Guru
To save you from some heartache later, please remember that the axle with the rubber boot goes on the passenger side. You may already realize that but I'd hate to see you get them inserted, only to have to do it again.
 

Briann1177

Goblin Guru
I dont think it matters what side the axles go in. Now if you're talking about the rubber donut thingy, then yeah it goes to passenger side. The donut comes just slips off/on.

 

Lonny

Administrator
Staff member
This is what they should look like fully installed.
15225

15226

All of the ones I have installed slip in with a firm push and once they are in are difficult to pull out.
They do wobble quite a bit when installed.
 

Torchandregdoc

Well-Known Member
For some reason, I do not get notifications on everything I'm watching on the forum. Didn't realize I had more posts here.

My problem was probably resolved before that first pic I sent you guys. Before I put the straps on and gave the CV it's first little bump, the axel had about 1/8" slop side to side. Enough that the seals would have leaked. After the initial tap, that tightened up, but the stub shaft bearing was still hanging out. I thought that was wrong, but after seeing pictures of Lonny's I realize I was wrong.

I improvised a puller with a gm PS pump pulley puller and a slide hammer, to pull the stub shaft. After taking measurements, I realized the stub shaft was in as far as it would go. It was up against the pinion shaft. Wasted a bunch of my time and yours as well, but I guess I'm smarter now.

Thanks for the help.

PS. I did try rotating it 90 degrees and I did just walk.... eh err...roll away from it and worked on something else. Went back to it in the morning.
 
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