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Thread: rebuilt CV axles. now they're "locked up"

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    rebuilt CV axles. now they're "locked up"

    Hi folks-so, first time doing a CV axle rebuild on any car, so this may be just general ignorance or inexperience, but.... I rebuilt my CV axles, as the boots had failed. fully disassembled, cleaned, re-assembled, packed grease, seated boots and tied them off. I went to install them in the car today, and found that the cages and bearings appear to be "locked up"-the main casing doesnt pivot on the axle like it did when i removed them. if i stand them on their end, and pull up and down, i have a bit of play, maybe 2mm or so if i'm guessing. the cage/bearing assembly seems to have only one way it could go together, and i got all the bearings in, so it seems unlikely that i assembled them wrong. is there a solution here? do i just need to sit there for 10 minutes and work the axle ends til the grease distributes, and then they pivot around? i don't want to force it. thanks for the help.

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    It's been a long time since I did that job but I believe it's possible to install the cage upside down. I will defer to others who have more recent experience. Seems like that's the only thing that could have gone wrong?

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    Here is a rebuild pdf https://dmctalk.org/attachment.php?a...1&d=1313673921

    For quick reference the end of the axle should look like this.

    If it doesn't look like this it will lock up.
    The cage can go in either way.



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    ok, thanks folks. i'll pull the cap and see if I need to undo some of my work. appreciate it.

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    welp, popped a cap off one. sure enough, i installed all the races in the wrong channel. sigh...

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    Blitzkreig'd it this morning, got it solved and installed. FYI the bearings can be reseated while packed with grease, it's just enormously messy

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