2.3 5 speed. i've read every thread i can find on the driveshafts and do not see my layout. i rebuilt the clutch and could not get the driveshaft (drivers side) out so i left it in and removed at the wheel hub. i now have a leak at the tranny seal and movement at the axle housing. the axle seperated when i tried the hammer pull method to get it to come out of the tranny. my axle has no tri-pod bearing but 5 ball bearings that go around a swirled shaped axle end. how the hell do they go back together? it seems impossible. from what i have read the play on the inner metal boot could be a bad inner bearing inside the tranny and i am wondering if this is what is keeping the axle from coming out? i now have an axle end that won't come out of the tranny and an axle i can't figure out how to get back together. all help is welcome!!! thanks.............. i spent 5 hrs using heavy greas to get the balls to stay in the housing but the shaped spireling end keeps knocking them out. i'm wondering if a previous owner used an older or newer model axle and beat the damn thing into the tranny???????