Chevrolet Chevette/1000 1976-1988 Repair Guide

Axle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



  1. Raise the car and support it safely.
  2.  
  3. Place an adjustable lifting device under the axle.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the shock absorbers from the axle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the propeller shaft.
  8.  
  9. Disconnect the stabilizer bar, tie rod and rear axle extension bracket.
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CAUTION
Support the axle extension so that it does not swing down rapidly when disconnected from the body bracket.

  1. Remove the wheel and tire assemblies.
  2.  
  3. Remove the brake drums.
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  5. Disconnect the rear flex hose.
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  7. Remove the carrier cover and gasket to drain the lubricant.
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  9. Remove the pinion lock screw using a metric allen wrench.
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It may be necessary to shorten the short leg of the allen wrench to allow for clearance.

  1. Remove the pinion shaft and axle shaft "C" locks.
  2.  
  3. Reinstall the pinion shaft and lock screw to retain differental.
  4.  
  5. Remove both axle shafts.
  6.  
  7. Remove the brake lines at the wheel cylinder, backing plate retaining nuts, parking brake cables and backing plates.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lower control arm pivot bolts at the axle.
  10.  
  11. Lower the axle slowly until the coil spring tension is released then remove the axle from the vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Raise the axle into position.
  2.  
  3. Install the lower control arm pivot bolts and tighten to 33 ft. lbs.
  4.  
  5. Install the brake lines at the wheel cylinder, backing plate retaining nuts, parking brake cables and backing plates.
  6.  
  7. Install both axle shafts.
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  9. Install the axle shaft C-locks, differential pinion and pinion lock screw.
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  11. Install the carrier cover and gasket and fill to the bottom of the plug hole with lubricant. (See Fluids And lubricants).
  12.  
  13. Install the brake drums and wheel and tire assemblies.
  14.  
  15. Connect the stabilizer bar, tie rod and rear axle extension bracket.
  16.  
  17. Connect the propeller shaft and tighten the strap bolts to 16 ft. lbs.
  18.  
  19. Connect the shock absorbers to the axle.
  20.  
  21. Remove the adjustable lifting device from under the axle.
  22.  
  23. Lower the vehicle.
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