REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
- Raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
- Loosen the lug bolts/nuts on the appropriate rear wheel.
- Block the front wheels, then raise and safely support the rear of the vehicle on jackstands.
- Remove the rear wheel.
- Remove the brake drum.
- If equipped with ABS, loosen the anti-lock sensor bolt and remove the sensor.
- Place a hydraulic jack under the axle torsion beam and raise the jack until the tension is removed from the rear strut.
- Loosen the strut, lower the hydraulic jack and disengage the strut.
The hex heads on the outboard of the brake backing plate appear to be rear wheel spindle nuts. Do not attempt to remove the studs. The spindle nuts are located on the inboard side of the axle torsion beam bars.
- Loosen the spindle nuts, support the backing plate with wire and remove the spindle.
- Place the backing plate in position and install the spindle.
- Install the spindle nuts and tighten them to 31-45 ft. lbs. (43-61 Nm).
- Pull down on the axle torsion beam and engage the strut.
- Place a hydraulic jack under the axle torsion beam and raise the jack until the struts bolt hole is aligned. Install the bolt and tighten it to 50-60 ft. lbs. (68-81 Nm).
- Remove the hydraulic jack.
- If removed, install the rear brake anti-lock sensor and bolt. Tighten the bolt to 12-16 ft. lbs. (16-23 Nm).
- Install the brake drum.
- Install the rear wheel and hand-tighten the lug bolts/nuts.
- Lower the rear of the vehicle.
- Tighten the lug bolts/nuts on the rear wheels to 65-87 ft. lbs. (88-118 Nm).