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Old 08-17-2018, 04:09 PM   #1
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Default sc2 axle seal question

i changed my axle seal driver side last night 4 hours later got it in... cause didn't realize there was a snap ring that held it in, i was curious could i person remove the snap ring and leave it out? cause the seal seems to have a tight fit into the housing and also dose passenger side have snap ring too or only driver side? i did put the snap ring back in just to make sure cause wasn't sure if i could just leave it out

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Old 08-17-2018, 04:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: sc2 axle seal question

It's gotta be there.
Snap rings are designed to sit in their fossa/groove and keep every thing from shifting, that snap ring ensures you don't have it all fly off as you drive.

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Default Re: sc2 axle seal question

In theory itís pretty critical. Nothing wrong with compressing the axle, holding it compressed and tapping with sledge hammer to seat.
However I have reassembled without the snap ring when I didnít have one on hand and proceeded to put over 1,000 miles on it without issue.

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i changed my axle seal driver side last night 4 hours later got it in... cause didn't realize there was a snap ring that held it in, i was curious could i person remove the snap ring and leave it out? cause the seal seems to have a tight fit into the housing and also dose passenger side have snap ring too or only driver side? i did put the snap ring back in just to make sure cause wasn't sure if i could just leave it out

its a 01 sc2
The left side axle seal on the transmission is the only one with a snap ring on it. Not sure why they think the seal needs the snap ring to hold it in place but I would think that they felt it is needed for what ever reason. Someone had to justify the expense of having it there.

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