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Thanks for the detailed writeup.

One thing you always need to check with FWD cars when replacing an axle is the centering of the engine. There is a length specification for the exposed part of the axles, and you must be within 1/8" of specification. The engine can shift to the side when an axle is removed, and if it is off when you re-assemble, one axle is inserted a little too far and one not enough. This can put stress on the CV joint and cause an axle to come apart. Usually you're not far off, but it is always worth checking, and the factory service manual requires it.
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