Aztek, Rendezvous 2001-2005

Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  3. Apply the parking brake.
  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Rear wheel
    Halfshaft nut and discard

  7. Release the parking brake.

    Brake caliper bracket and support it with a piece of wire
    Parking brake cable routing bracket nut, if necessary
    Rear tie rod end-to-knuckle bolt; DO NOT loosen the tie rod end jam nut
    Parking brake cable bracket-to-knuckle bolts; loosen only.
    Wheel Speed Sensor (WSS) electrical connector

  9. Install the Wheel Hub Removal Tool No. K 42129 onto the wheel hub and secure with wheel nuts. Begin to disengage the halfshaft from the hub and bearing.

    Bolt and nut securing the upper control arm to the suspension knuckle
    Halfshaft completely from the hub and bearing

  11. Reposition the suspension knuckle toward the rear of the vehicle.
    Support the halfshaft until it is completely removed from the vehicle.

    Tool from the wheel hub

  13. Assemble the Slide Hammer Tool No. J 2619-01, Axle Shaft Remover Extension J 29794 and Axle Shaft Puller J 33008-A. Install the Axle Shaft Puller evenly onto the rear beveled surface of the halfshaft inner joint housing.
    The differential output shaft oil seal must be replaced when removing the rear wheel drive shaft.

    Halfshaft from the rear axle differential using the assembled tools
    Halfshaft from the vehicle

    Halfshaft oil seal


To install:

Support the wheel drive shaft until it is completely installed.

  1. Install or connect the following:
    Be careful not to damage the differential output shaft oil seal.

    Halfshaft to the differential output shaft. Carefully align and guide the halfshaft onto the differential output shaft.

    Halfshaft fully onto the differential output shaft using light force. Make sure it is fully seated on the differential output shaft retaining ring by grasping the inner tripot housing and pulling outward. Do not pull on the wheel drive shaft bar. The halfshaft will remain firmly in place when properly engaged.

  3. Begin to position the suspension knuckle to the halfshaft. Align and carefully guide the halfshaft into the hub and bearing but do not seat fully.

    Suspension knuckle to the upper control arm
    Bolt and nut to the upper control arm/suspension knuckle assembly. Torque the bolt to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
    Parking brake cable bracket.
    Tie rod to the knuckle. Tighten the bolt to 63 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
    Brake caliper bracket
    WSS electrical connector
    Parking brake cable routing bracket, if removed. Tighten the nuts to 89 inch lbs. (10 Nm).

  5. Set the park brake.

    New halfshaft nut. Tighten to 192 ft. lbs. (260 Nm).

  7. Lower the vehicle and release the parking brake.