2011 Nissan Murano LE AWD
If something is in the way then don't be afraid to move it or remove it to make room. The strut assembly is secured with 3 bolts up top. Remove 2 of those bolts and loosen 1 and you can rotate the strut to get extra space. Same with the steering knuckle. Rotate it out of the way, or if you feel the need, take it off the control arm and place it on a bucket or something next to it out of the way.Oh that’s very smart to use the jack, thank you! Do you mean using the brake rotor as the jack point?
Also, is there a good way to hammer from the outer end? I earlier tried to hammer after putting the old axle nut and tightening it a bit, but I ended up damaging the axle thread and making the nut stuck there because of too much hammering. But luckily I was still able to take it out and the thread was not damaged too much; the new nut can still go all the way in and out. But I definitely want to avoid this next time.
I'm not a fan of hammering on the end of the axle to get it in precisely because of what happened to you (potential to damage threads). My method of choice is to use the axle itself like a slide hammer and forcefully (and repeatedly) shove it with force until it goes in. If it doesn't go in after a couple of tries then rotate the inboard shaft and try again. Rinse and repeat until you're successful. See the video linked below to see what I mean (go to the 5:00 minute mark). Ample grease on the splines will help and try to center the circlip on the inboard shaft so that it's not protruding more on any one side than another.