REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 and 2
The procedure for replacing the axle shafts and seals on 4-wheel drive models calls for removal of the axle first.
- Raise and support the front of the car. Install protectors over the halfshaft boots. Remove the halfshaft-to-axle flange bolts, and tie the halfshafts out of the way.
- Matchmark the driveshaft and the axle yoke. Remove the driveshaft.
- Support the axle on stands. Remove the five axle-to-engine mounting bolts.
- Lower the axle partway and remove the vent hose. Remove the axle.
- Remove the differential cover and drain the oil. Remove the axle shaft C-clips.
- Remove the axle shafts.
- Carefully remove the shaft seal using a screwdriver.
- Two different bearings are used; the left side uses a ball bearing, and the right side uses a needle bearing. The ball bearing may be removed using a brass drift and a hammer. The needle bearing should be removed using a needle bearing removal too.
If the proper bearing removal tool is not available, remove the differential and remove the needle bearing using15/16in. socket and a 3 ft. ratchet extension.To install:
- Install the bearings, using drivers of the appropriate type and size.
- Oil the lips of the new seal and install into the housing using a driver of the correct size.
- Install the axle shaft and C-clips.
- Apply a bead of silicone seal to the differential cover and install the cover.
- Fill the axle with 2.5 pints of 85W-90 GL-5 gear oil.
- Move the axle into place under the car. Raise it sufficiently to connect the vent hose, then raise it fully into place and install the mounting bolts. Tighten to 50 ft. lbs.
- Install the driveshaft, aligning the marks made during removal. Install the halfshaft to axle flange bolts, tightening to 45 ft. lbs.