LH drive axle question?
Hello all, newbie here with a quick stupid question.
I am working on the wifes 1998 Ford Explorer with AWD and a 5.0 litre.
Replacing the front end with all new ball joints, upper and lower control arms, shocks, rotors etc, etc.
I have the passengers side completed with no problems at all but I can't get the drivers side (LH) drive axle to slide in to the differential.
There is a groove on the end off the shaft with a "c" clip inserted that seems to prevent the axle from sliding in.
My question is does that "c" clip need to be there or can I take it off?
I already took the old shafts to the parts store for the core exchange and didn't pay attention to see if there was a "c" clip on it or not.
Thank You for any help..