1996 Mazda 626 right axle replacement issue

Dear Doctor: I own a 1996 Mazda 626 with the automatic transmission. I removed the right axle to replace it and now cannot get it back in the transmission. I even tried to re-install the old axle and could not get it back in. What do your suggest? Bill

Dear Bill: The problem most likely is the inner clip fell down and now the axle will not slide back over the locking clip. We use a small amount of grease to hold the clip and make sure the open part of the clip is at the bottom. I ensure this will work and the axle will slide in with a slight tap from a hammer.

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