Dakota 2006-2007

Axle Unit

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions section.
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  3. With vehicle in neutral, position it on a hoist.
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  5. Position a lift under axle and secure lift to axle.
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  7. Remove brake components from the axle.
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  9. Remove wheel speed sensors.
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  11. Remove vent hose from the axle shaft tube.
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  13. Remove the propeller shaft.
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  15. Remove the stabilizer bar clamps bolts from the axle.
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  17. Remove the watts link bell crank bolt from differential cover.

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    Fig. Watts link bell crank bolt (2)

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  19. Remove shock absorbers from axle bracket.
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  21. Remove upper control arms from axle brackets.
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  23. Lower axle and remove coil springs and spring isolators.
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  25. Remove lower control arms from axle brackets.
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  27. Lower axle and remove from vehicle.
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To install:

  1. Raise the axle and align lower control arms. Install control arm bolts loose at this time.
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  3. Install the coil springs.
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  5. Raise axle and align upper control arms. Install control arm bolts loose at this time.
    NOTE
    The bell crank bolt has a Loctite patch, a new bolt should be used. If a new bolt is not available, clean the bolt and apply Loctite 242® to the threads.

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  7. Install watts link bell crank bolt and tighten to 160 ft. lbs. (217 Nm).
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  9. Install shock absorbers and tighten the nuts to 75 ft. lbs. (102 Nm).
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  11. Install the parking brake and brake components.
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  13. Install the wheel speed sensors.
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  15. Install the axle vent hose.
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  17. Install the stabilizer bar and center it with equal spacing on both sides. Tighten bolts to 45 ft. lbs. (61 Nm).
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  19. Install the propeller shaft.
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  21. With the vehicle on the ground, tighten the upper control arm bolts to 125 ft. lbs. (170 Nm). Tighten the lower control arm nuts to 170 ft. lbs. (230 Nm).
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