Just replaced axle on a passenger side 98 Honda Civic. This was my first time doing this job without any supervision so I’m a little unsure if the axle is all the way into the transmission.

I did feel it click but there looks to be a small gap just enough for a screw driver to slide in. When I rotate the hub by hand the axle rotates smoothly and I can hear the gears engage.

I installed the nut flush and hit it a few times with a hammer just to make sure it’s in all the way.

So I’m just curious what will happen if it’s not fully seated. Will the car drive? Make noise? Etcenter image description hereenter image description here

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You say you felt a "click" - that's good.

Also, the shaft should have some clearance as the face of the shaft should not be on the seal otherwise it will wear a part of the seal not designed for that purpose.

  • So the little gap in the picture is normal?
    – ohmmy
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 17:03
  • I believe you did. I accidentally deleted that post
    – ohmmy
    Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 17:29

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