How to install CV joint in a Nissan Sentra 1997?

Tiny
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  • 1997 NISSAN SENTRA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 150,000 MILES

I am replacing the CV joints in a Nissan Sentra 1997 MT and have the first axle off, but can't get the replacement axle back in. It's like I can't get the shaft to seat past the snap ring. The FSM calls for a special tool, but several sites and some guy at NAPA told me I shouldn't need that, I should just be able to slide it in, but it won't budge.

Is there something I am missing here?

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Monday, February 14th, 2011 AT 12:43 AM

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Tiny
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Nevermind I figured it out. Had to whack it very hard several times with a rubber mallet and it finally clicked into place.

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Monday, February 14th, 2011 AT 1:57 AM
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Still did not work

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 AT 5:29 PM
Tiny
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Help please?

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 AT 5:30 PM
Tiny
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Remove the axle and check the clip on the end of the axle, if it is open too far then the axle will never go in becasue the clip is sprung. You can remove the clip and close it down and reinstall it, or put grease on the end of the axle to try and suspend it in the middle of the input shaft.

Please let us know what happens so it will help others

Best, Ken

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Monday, February 6th, 2017 AT 1:56 AM

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