I pulled the angle gear and it's bad, input shaft splines stripped. I'm going to run the car FWD for a while.
Transmission side of the collar sleeve looks perfect, so does the trans output shaft.
So here are my questions:
(1) any reason not to re-use this sleeve until I get another angle gear?
(2) the collar sleeve came out very easily - it stayed with the AG when I pulled the AG. I can fairly easily slide the collar in and out of the trans side now. I know I got lucky for removal but Is that normal and/or OK for re-using the collar?
(3) what's recommended for install of the collar? Options I can think of are (a) put a retainer on the axle like the two hose clamp method (seems fine), or bolt a retainer plate to the trans case, or (b) loctite on the collar splines trans side (how much? what color? use a retainer anyway or no?). If I do the loctite then how difficult will it be to remove it later?
(4) still struggling to get the rear of the prop shaft to release on my garage floor. Tomorrow I'm going to try an air hammer on the bolt-through-the-unthreaded-hole-in-the-back.