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In front-axle applications, you need to install an oil slinger (big-fat shim) under the carrier bearing. This oil slinger factors into the overall shim-pack thickness, so don't forget it when you're adding things up. Once the correct pinion depth and contact pattern are determined, the pinion-bearing preload is set by installing or removing shims in 0.003-inch increments until you get it to about 14 in-lbs. Then the yoke can be removed and the new pinion seal driven on.

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