Envoy, Rainer, Trailblazer 2006-2007

Axle Shaft, Bearing & Seal

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Removal & Installation



  1. Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  3. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  5. Remove the brake caliper.
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  7. Remove the rear wheel speed sensor.
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  9. Remove the rear axle housing cover and the gasket.

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    Fig. Removal of the pinion shaft locking bolt-Envoy, Rainier and TrailBlazer

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  11. Remove the pinion shaft locking bolt.

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    Fig. Removal of the pinion shaft-Envoy, Rainier and TrailBlazer

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  13. On axles without a locking differential, remove the pinion shaft.
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  15. On axles with a locking differential, remove the shaft part way. Rotate the case until the pinion shaft touches the housing.
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  17. On axles with a locking differential, use a screwdriver, or a similar tool, in order to enter the differential case and rotate the C-lock until the C-lock aligns with the thrust block.
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  19. Push the flange of the axle shaft toward the differential.

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    Fig. Removal of the C-lock from the button end of the axle shaft-Envoy, Rainier and TrailBlazer

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  21. Remove the C-lock from the button end of the axle shaft.
    NOTE
    When removing the axle shaft, do not rotate the shaft. Rotating the shaft will misalign the gears. Misaligning the gears will make the installing of the axle shaft difficult.



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    Fig. Removal of the axle shaft from the housing-Envoy, Rainier and TrailBlazer

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  23. Remove the axle shaft from the housing. If the axle is difficult to remove, use the J-45859  (1) and the J-2619-01  (2) to remove the