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Old 09-18-2018, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Replaced axle seals gear dropped?

Hey guys. I just replaced the axle seals and o rings on the retainers to my wife's 03 automatic Outback. I did the passenger side first while being sure to put the retainer back in at same number of turns starting and ending at the right locations etc. Then went on to do the driver side and once the retainer came out the gear dropped..... is this suppose to happen? I put it back together while holding the gear in place but I'm afraid of damage.

Side note the front diff is an inny for the cvs.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:45 PM   #2
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I will allow others to contradict me, and I value their opinion, but, I don't think you have an issue.
Get the "spins in" correct back to original mark, likely fine.
No worries.
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Old 09-19-2018, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks Charlie, any idea on why it dropped? I'm hoping I'm fine I put my finger in the diff on the passenger side and spin it and the driver side spins so must be ok. Just scary for it to drop when I didn't have that issue on other side.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:38 PM   #4
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Because the one side was being held up by the teeth of the pinion gear. It dropped off the other side because there wasnít anything to hold the ring gear into the teeth of the pinion, it just slid off. As long as your cup rotation count and marks are the same as they came out. Itíll be good to go.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:52 PM   #5
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Because the one side was being held up by the teeth of the pinion gear. It dropped off the other side because there wasn’t anything to hold the ring gear into the teeth of the pinion, it just slid off. As long as your cup rotation count and marks are the same as they came out. It’ll be good to go.
Agreed, but posted way better than I did.
Thanks.

If count is good and marks line up, go for it!

Stupid note.......
On the PS, the ring gear was supported by the pinion gear, thus a little movement and a big mass on the other side of the gear contact point.
On the DS, no real support and a lot of overhung weight. Remove the bearing support, internals drop.

Note, all this DS vs. PS stuff is related to US style left hand drive.
The rest of the world, figure it out........

LOL..........
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:57 PM   #6
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Hey, OT, Blktrax, I see your location, how did you make out the last week or so?
Hopefully well.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:13 PM   #7
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Agreed, but posted way better than I did.
Thanks.

If count is good and marks line up, go for it!

Stupid note.......
On the PS, the ring gear was supported by the pinion gear, thus a little movement and a big mass on the other side of the gear contact point.
On the DS, no real support and a lot of overhung weight. Remove the bearing support, internals drop.

Note, all this DS vs. PS stuff is related to US style left hand drive.
The rest of the world, figure it out........

LOL..........
Great info, you cleared it up! Thanks much and yeah I'm talking of a US model so driver side is left side guess that could get confusing. Hopefully I'll have this car running this week been off the road for 2 years now :/ so I tore it competently down fixing leaks, replacing the transmission etc.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:07 PM   #8
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Hey, OT, Blktrax, I see your location, how did you make out the last week or so?
Hopefully well.
Fared well, just rain and a little wind. Parents south of Raleigh still dealing with water and spotty internet. But definitely not as bad as the coast.
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Old 09-22-2018, 12:44 PM   #9
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Fared well, just rain and a little wind. Parents south of Raleigh still dealing with water and spotty internet. But definitely not as bad as the coast.
Cool!
Couple threads in "OT" here about it.
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