Crossfire, 2004-2005

Pinion Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Drain the differential of fluid.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Wheels
     
    Muffler
     
    Driveshaft from the rear differential
     
    Halfshafts at differential
     

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  7. Check and record the bearing preload with an inch lb. torque wrench.
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  9. Hold the pinion flange using special tool C-3281 or equivalent and remove the collared nut.
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  11. Pry out the pinion flange seal.

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    Fig. Holding pinion flange to remove pinion nut



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    Fig. Prying out pinion flange seal

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To install:


NOTE
Use a new pinion nut for assembly.

  1. Install the new pinion seal using special tool 9321 drift and a mallet. Tighten the pinion nut to 133 ft. lbs. (180 Nm).
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  3. Check the bearing preload. The bearing preload should be equal to the reading taken earlier.
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  5. If the preload torque is low, tighten the pinion nut in 44 inch lb. (5 Nm) increments until the torque value is reached.
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  7. If the pinion bearing preload torque cannot be attained at maximum pinion nut torque, replace the collapsible spacer.
  8.  
  9. Install or connect the following:

    Halfshafts
     
    Driveshaft
     
    Muffler
     
    Wheels
     

  10.  
  11. Fill the axle assembly to correct level.

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    Fig. Installing pinion seal using tool 9321

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