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Really needing help with axle shaft install

OK so i decided to replace and redo my front end with replacing tie rods, ball joints and hubs and so on. Well here is my issue i put new axle shaft seals on both sides but now i cant get the lock ring (inside of hub on shaft) to fall back into the groove on the shaft. I installed spindle-shaft-thrush ring-hub-3 washers then that's where the lock ring is suppose to go but the groove is to far back. Now if i removed one of the washers then it would probably fit but not really wanting to do that. I've pried like theirs no tomorrow on the shaft to get it to move out more but no luck as of yet. Can i get some help here guys thanks

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By axle seals, do you mean the Big, Metal, Knuckle Seals in the Hub? If so, what did you drive them in with? They need a tool you can borrow/rent/make to get them in straight without damage. It sounds like they're not in right maybe... If not driven into the hub far enough you can have this trouble.

I'm with you, leaving one of the washers out is not a good option
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I am also curious if you did the knuckle seal ?

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i just did all my ball joints and rod ends yesterday, same thing happened to me. i installed the seals with the homemade installer made from pipe and flanges from lowes. it worked fine. the passenger side did the same thing, the snap ring groove was the to far inboard to engage the ring. used a big pry bar on the universal to extend the shaft out a bit and push the ring into the groove with a screwdriver. the short side was the same way although was much harder to get it to push out but got it.
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