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I thought the trans went out on my '91 Corolla but it was 'sudden' not gradual. While removing the trans I found the drivers-side axle-shaft had slipped out of the trans and no longer engaged the splines. I put it back in but how can I ensure this doesn't happen again ? How do you put them in (I used a block of wood and banged on it)...

Since I got this (messed-up project) car it has made a bunch of clunking and popping when I steer. I changed the strut-mounts today (with the bearings in them) thinking the bearings were bad but it still persists ? Is it my rack and pinion ??

Thanks in advance guys. This board has been such a help when I don't know what's goin on !
 

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I would imagine the clicking and popping noises are probably your CV joints going bad.
 

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OKAY CANCEL my first question I DID A SEARCH and found the answer, sorry !!


I'll check the passenger side CV joints, the drivers-side is rebuilt (recent). It's when I'm turning the wheel and you can feel it in the steering wheel...

What a discovered from my search is that the drivers-side is A PITA to re-install. Guess that's why mine fell out while I was out driving... It will probably do it again too since I got the feeling it still isn't in all the way.. I'll get a bigger hammer...
 

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when I did mine I put a big screw driver on a lip on the inside part of the CV axle and hammered it in until it was all the way in, it's pretty easy to see from underneath if its all the way in.
 

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Okay I found the 3 'ledges' that look like they were made for pounding that axle in... I pounded away for 1/2 in different spots... It's not in plus I have some skin missing now...

Maybe a Chisel is needed because my screwdriver has a plastic handle that probably absorbs shocks...
 

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make sure its perfectly straight going in. I thought I had mine straight and screwed around with mine for twenty minutes, as soon as I repositioned it, it popped right in without too much effort.
 

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ill be replacing mine within the next few weeks, its been popping for over a year and im finally changing them lol...


if it isnt going in all the way could there be something stuck all the way in blocking it? maybe the splines broke and its jammed in there?? just an idea

good luck!
 

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Is it a possibility that the lock ring on the spindle is damaged/missing? I've had my axles in and out quite a few times and have never had to beat on them to get them back in......
 

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I looked at the lock-ring but I don't know what it's supposed to look like. Maybe the 'rebulders' (NAPA) put the wrong lock-ring on....

How does it work ? It seems to fit loose and it's in a groove on the end of the axle but seems to be about inside-spline diameter and it's a pretty heavy-looking wire also...
 

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in my experiance with any axles ever is it takes a few modivated thrust to make it go in (are we talking about axles lol)... jokes aside my favorite tool to use to remove the axle isnt a long plybar but acutally a balljoint fork. just make sure you put the right side of the axle in the tranny. lol my buddy was helping me with mine and put the threaded side into the tranny. he's like dude your axles are f&*ed they won't go in..... i was like dude you got it in backwards lol.
 

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in my experiance it takes a few modivated thrust to make it go in... they won't go in..... i was like dude you got it in backwards lol.


thats what she said
 
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