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Stub axle alignment


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I hope the answer is no, but I'm not going to bet on it!!

I've just replaced the front brake discs on my '95 300TDI Disco (but I bet this applies to other models too), and there was a minor leak from a stub axle seal. So, I popped the stub axle off, cleaned up etc. and replaced everything - paying no attention to the location of the 'flat' of the stub axle. When changing the other side of the car I realised the flat was at 6 o'clock, I checked RAVE and it says 12 o'clock! So, neither of mine are in the right position, but does it really matter? Clearly at least one of them has been upside down for as long as I've owned the car (4 over years).

Thanks in advance.

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If you look at a few of the threads in the tech archive you can see stub axles, of the ones I checked both had the flat in the 6 O'Clock position. Check some brake disc replacment or wheel bearing replacement threads, however I doubt there is any difference made by the positions.

Maybe it was something to do with oil tracking along it in earlier axles and by putting it at 12 O'Clock that would be less likely. Although that sounds less likely the more I think about it.

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Well, the one at 6 o'clock has been that way for years, the other one (that I worked on) went back in at about 4 o'clock (position that is, it was actually about 11:30am) :-) Anyway, the bolts are equally spaced, so nothing stopping me putting it any which way I choose. At the end of the day it seems to do nothing more than point the half-shaft to the right place, but I'll keep an eye on it and next time I check/change anthing I'll just repoint them to 12 o'clock. It drove fine today, so not too worried.

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