Dakota, 2001-2005

Axle Shaft

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Front wheel
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
     
    Axle hub nut
     
    Wheel bearing and hub assembly
     
    Axle shaft
     

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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:

    Axle shaft
     
    Wheel bearing and hub assembly
     
    Axle hub nut. Tighten the nut to 175 ft. lbs. (237 Nm).
     
    Wheel speed sensor, if equipped
     
    Brake caliper and rotor
     
    Front wheel
     

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  2.  
  3. Remove half shaft from vehicle.
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  5. Clean axle seal area.
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  7. Remove snap ring from the axle shaft.
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  9. Remove axle shaft with Remover 8420A and slide hammer.

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    Fig. Assembling the axle shaft removal tool 8420A

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To install:

  1. Lubricate bearing bore and seal lip with gear lubricant.
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  3. Install axle shaft and engage shaft into side gear. Push firmly on axle shaft to engage snap-ring.
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  5. Check the differential fluid level and add fluid if necessary.
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  7. Install half shaft.
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  9. Install skid plate, if necessary.
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