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DuaneD 06-15-2007 03:58 AM

Locking Hubs - I thought this was a no brainer
Tonight I pulled the drivers side front locking hub off my stock Dana 30 axle. I removed the five bolts, pull the outer hub off the axle and then removed the retainer ring. Review and lightly pack with grease and slide the whole clutch pack back up on the axle no problem. Now I can't see the groove on the end of the axle to put the retainer ring back on. I need about a 1/16 of an inch and I can't move the clutch back back any more. Help! What have I not done? This was too easy, NOT. I can't believe this. What do I need to do guys?

Rio_Grande 06-15-2007 05:46 AM

Push the axle from the back side and it will usually push out enough to see the grove. Then a little push, push will snap the ring into the grove. It will be easier once you can see the grove.

bandhmo2 06-15-2007 07:00 AM

Pushing the axle from behind works well. Also most outer axle are threaded on the end for a 7/16" bolt. So you can thread one in the end and pull.

I would not recommend grease in the Dial and sliding part of the hubs. Granted in Carolina it is not likely to be an issue but at cold temperatures greased hubs are very hard to turn. I have used a teaspoon or so a ATF with good results. Not much lubrication is needed.

DuaneD 06-15-2007 04:37 PM

AWESOME - Thanks guys for tips.

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