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Old 05-16-2007
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Wheel Hub, Cv axle, Snap Ring

I'm in the process of changing the wheel hub, but I'm having trouble finding a snap ring. The on that holds the cv inside the wheel hub on my 99 pvh, I was just wondering if any one knew the size of the snap ring. I wen to ford there don't even list it as a part. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Anybody Please I've searched all over cant find anything.
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I wanted to let you know that I have gone through 2 of these snap rings "The bright orange ones" And they do list them at FORD as far as I know Ford is the only place you can get them..They sell For all most 30$ thoe..Not joking..
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Yea thats what I said to the ford parts guy but he showed me all the parts diagrams but to me the one he pulled up used a nut to hold the cv and he couldnt find any with the snap ring.
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I'm really having a problem finding this stupid snap ring, the guy at ford keeps telling me that my axle is held in with a nut. Thats not possible because its not threaded does ANYONE know the ford part number?
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ford calls them something else its not a snap ring, you need to tell the guy to shut the **** up and tell him a 99 is a pvh setup and not the live axle like the 2000 1/2 and up which has the big nut, make him bring out each part in the diagram and you will see the right one, thats what i did, it was like 20-25 bucks, go to another ford dealership if you have too........
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Ford Front Axel " orange " snap ring

I know that this is late for the posts I've seen, but , I had the same problem . The " snap ring" ( retainer) is available from Ford Parts. Part number is":F87A-3B457-AA.
Cost me $23.00.
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I know that this is late for the posts I've seen, but , I had the same problem . The " snap ring" ( retainer) is available from Ford Parts. Part number is":F87A-3B457-AA.
Cost me $23.00.
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I have just fought the battle of the orange snap ring and have found out a lot about this in the last few days. The part is called a circlip. The actual Ford part number is: F87Z-3B457-AA.

In addition, the circlip needs to be installed with a special tool, which has been discontinued. So to overcome that I had to make one. After looking at the various diagrams, I made a tool using 12" of 1" PVC pipe, along with a 1" slip coupler.

In order to install the circlip, I pushed it onto the end of the axle (I first pushed the axle as far as I could to the end of the hub because I didn't have anyone to help me hold it). Once the clip was on the end of the axle (barely) I put the 1" pipe on it and pounded it a few times to get it to expand a little and get up over the splines on the axle.

The I put the pipe into one end of the 1" PVC coupler. When that was done, I put the coupler over the axle and just pushed the circlip down the axle. While doing that, I reached behind the hub and pushed the axle forward, so that it was tight. This allowed me to finish pushing the clip all the way to the back.

It is very important that it seats all the way inside the groove on the axle and I could see that the PVC tool was not going to be able to reach all the way back. To finish the job I reached in with a flat-blade screw driver and gently pushed the clip the rest of the way it. If you do it right, you will hear a definite click when it seats. Run the screw driver all away along the edge in order to make sure that it is seated on all surfaces.
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What about getting it out? That's where I'm stuck.
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