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99 f150 front driver's side axle shaft loose from differential. What holds it into the diff?

I replaced ball joints and cv axle and knocked axle shaft out of the diff. It now won't stay in the diff. What keeps it secured?

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There should be a circlip on the inner joint that holds it in the spyder gear set.

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Check your tie rods and the drag link bar which controls the steering. Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth while you are underneath and you should be able to pinpoint the noise location.   I had the same problem on my 2001.  Replaced the lower tie-rod ends and also the ones on both sides of the drag link. This solved the problem.  Whether you do this job yourself or not, you will definately also need an alignment upon completion.  

Posted on Jun 09, 2008

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Nope, it seems as if your bearings in the top of the struts are gone, this will cause the same noise , also when you turn the steering wheel ,it will do the same.

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I suspect they will as the rear end is almost identical

Posted on Jan 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 chevy suburban front axle noise

Worn side bearings is where the noise is coming from and might as well do both sides, I used replace them in about 2-4 hours, depending on where Murphy happened to be. Disconnect both side inner CV joint, front prop shaft and the 4X4 actuator line. If you want to drop the front pumpken. Not sure if you have enough room if you want to change the bearing without removing the pumpken from the frame. You should see when you disconnect the CV shaft.

The front diffs are toys compared to the rear, if you use auto4wd too much there are bearings in your tranfer case that are similar to the side bearings in the front diff. In both appearance and durability and soon you'll replace those too.

Good luck and keep me posted.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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neither of the previous solutions are coming from ppl who know what they are talking about. i am in the process of making this exact repair, on the same front differential. you have to un-bolt the cv from the axle shaft, then drop the front diff. the passenger side is easier to deal with than the driver side from what i'm experiencing. once you remove the axle tube from the passenger side it is very simple to dissassemble and replace seals and bearings. the drivers side however is a different story. there is a lock ring that holds the axle shaft into the diff on the drivers side, and i have yet to get to it to remove the axle shaft. once the axle shaft is removed, then you just pry out the seal and carefully tap a new seal in its place. reassembly is the opposite of disassembly. if you find out how to remove the axle shaft snap ring, please let me know. hope this helps

Posted on Aug 06, 2009

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