Removal & Installation
- With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, properly raise and support vehicle.
- Remove the rear halfshafts. See -Halfshafts- in this section.
- Matchmark the driveshaft flange to the pinion flange.
Remove the 4 driveshaft flange bolts.
WARNINGThe driveshaft flange fits tightly on the pinion flange pilot. Never hammer on the driveshaft or any of its components to disconnect the driveshaft flange from the pinion flange. Pry only in the area shown, with a suitable tool, to disconnect the driveshaft flange from the pinion flange.
Using a suitable tool as shown, disconnect the driveshaft flange from the pinion flange, then using mechanic's wire, position aside the driveshaft.
Position a suitable transmission jack to the axle housing.
- Securely strap the jack to the axle.
- Remove the axle assembly front lower insulator bolt.
Remove the axle assembly rear insulator bolts.
- Lower the axle assembly from the vehicle.
Install in reverse order of the removal procedure.
The driveshaft centering socket yoke fits tightly on the pinion flange pilot. To make sure that the yoke seats squarely on the pinion flange, tighten the driveshaft flange bolts evenly in a cross-pattern.
If new driveshaft flange bolts are not available, coat the threads of the original driveshaft flange bolts with threadlock and sealer.
Align the index marks when installing the driveshaft.
Axle assembly rear insulator bolts 111 ft. lbs. (150 Nm).Ale assembly front lower insulator bolt 76 ft lbs. (103 Nm).4 driveshaft flange bolts 83 ft. lbs. (112 Nm).